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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009
NCES 2010-012
December 2009

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Table 6.4.

Percentage of public schools recording and reporting violent incidents of crime, by the number of incidents and selected school characteristics: School year 200708


School characteristic Number of violent incidents recorded   Number of violent incidents reported to the police
None   1–2   3–5   6–9   10–14   15–19   20 or more   None   1–2   3–5   6–9   10–14   15–19   20 or more  
                                                           
Total 24.5   10.8   13.0   11.0   10.8   6.2   23.5     62.2   14.0   8.2   4.9   4.0   1.8   4.9  
                                                           
School level1                                                          
Primary 34.9   11.5   13.1   9.1   9.6   4.9   16.9     80.0   11.3   3.6   2.1   2.0      
Middle 5.7   7.0   11.4   14.7   11.9   9.4   39.9     35.6   19.8   14.9   9.4   7.1   3.3   9.9  
High school 6.0   8.2   12.7   13.2   12.5   9.5   37.9     25.5   13.2   16.5   11.5   9.5   5.7   18.1  
Combined 24.5   19.4   17.0   12.4   14.3   3.3 ! 9.2     57.1   21.7   12.7 ! 3.2 !     2.2 !
                                                           
Enrollment size                                                          
Less than 300 39.4   16.4   11.9   11.0   8.6   4.3 ! 8.5     76.8   14.4   4.7   0.9 !      
300–499 30.9   12.0   16.7   9.7   11.6   5.0   14.0     72.6   13.2   6.9   3.7   1.8 !   1.1 !
500–999 16.6   8.7   13.5   13.3   11.1   7.4   29.5     56.9   15.6   9.7   6.4   5.4   1.8   4.1  
1,000 or more 3.0 ! 3.2   4.3   6.9   12.5   10.0   60.1     21.6   9.5   14.4   11.2   9.8   6.9   26.5  
                                                           
Urbanicity                                                          
City 17.9   8.2   9.2   11.1   11.5   6.4   35.8     54.9   15.0   8.9   4.8   5.2   2.3   9.0  
Suburb 26.3   9.5   16.5   8.2   10.4   4.6   24.4     65.6   13.0   7.1   4.4   3.1   1.9   4.8  
Town 20.0   13.6   12.0   11.3   13.3   9.3   20.5     59.2   13.2   11.0   6.7   4.6     3.5  
Rural 30.5   12.9   13.5   13.3   9.5   6.3   14.1     66.3   14.4   7.6   4.5   3.5   1.4   2.3  
                                                           
Percent combined enrollment of Black,
  Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, or
  American Indian/Alaska Native students
                                                         
Less than 5 percent 33.3   12.0   12.3   12.0   11.2   9.9   9.3     67.9   16.3   8.8   3.5   1.8   0.6 ! 1.2 !
5 percent to less than 20 percent 27.3   14.9   15.6   11.1   9.8   6.1   15.2     64.8   13.6   8.3   5.6   3.1   1.7   3.0  
20 percent to less than 50 percent 22.7   9.3   12.5   12.1   11.7   5.1   26.6     62.8   11.6   7.4   6.3   3.2   2.7   5.9  
50 percent or more 19.5   8.2   11.9   9.6   10.8   5.4   34.7     56.8   14.8   8.6   4.0   6.3   1.9   7.5  
                                                           
Percent of students eligible for
  free or reduced-price lunch
                                                         
0–25 32.3   11.2   14.3   12.4   8.0   6.5   15.3     66.0   12.4   8.2   4.7   3.2   1.8   3.8  
26–50 24.4   11.7   14.2   11.4   12.6   6.3   19.3     64.7   11.5   9.4   5.3   2.4   1.8   4.9  
51–75 22.6   9.2   11.5   11.9   13.1   5.8   26.0     62.3   13.3   5.6   5.6   6.2   1.8 ! 5.1  
76–100 16.6   10.8   11.3   7.4   9.4   6.3   38.1     52.9   20.6   9.7   3.7   4.9   2.0 ! 6.3  
                                                           
Student/teacher ratio2                                                          
Less than 12 28.2   12.8   13.5   9.4   11.5   6.4   18.3     65.7   13.0   7.6   4.5   4.0   1.7   3.4  
12–16 22.0   8.5   13.6   13.3   10.1   5.9   26.6     59.5   15.0   9.2   5.5   3.6   1.6   5.7  
More than 16 18.0   9.7   10.2   10.9   10.1   6.7   34.5     56.2   14.9   8.1   4.7   4.7   3.1   8.3  
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Primary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 8. Middle schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. High schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 9. Combined schools include all other combinations of grades, including K–12 schools.
2 Student/teacher ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school by the total number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers and aides. The total number of FTE teachers and aides is a combination of the full-time and part-time teachers and aides, including special education teachers and aides, with an adjustment for part-time status.
NOTE: Violent incidents include rape or attempted rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with or without a weapon, threat of physical attack with or without a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. “At school” was defined for respondents to include activities that happen in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to include incidents that occurred before, during, or after normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007–08 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2008.
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