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

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Table 6.5.

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


School characteristic Number of serious violent incidents recorded   Number of serious violent incidents reported to the police
None   1   2   3–5   6–9   10 or
more
  None   1   2   3–5   6–9   10 or
more
 
                                                   
Total 82.8   7.9   3.3   3.3   1.1   1.5     87.4   7.4   2.1   2.1   0.5   0.6  
                                                   
School level1                                                  
Primary 87.0   5.7   2.7   2.9     1.0 !   92.9   5.3   0.9 ! 1.0 ! #   #  
Middle 78.0   9.7   3.8   4.1   1.6   2.8     82.1   7.7   3.7   4.0   1.1 ! 1.4  
High school 71.1   12.1   5.7   5.9   2.7   2.4     73.6   12.3   5.4   4.9   1.8   2.0  
Combined 83.6   13.2 !     #       84.3   13.3 !     #    
                                                   
Enrollment size                                                  
Less than 300 87.7   6.9   2.7 !         92.7   6.4          
300–499 88.6   5.0   2.5 ! 2.5 !       91.9   4.9   1.8 ! 1.2 !   #  
500–999 80.2   9.4   3.6   3.9   1.3 ! 1.6     86.2   8.3   2.6   2.2   0.4 ! 0.4 !
1,000 or more 66.0   13.2   5.8   7.0   3.2   4.8     68.9   12.5   5.4   7.5   2.2   3.5  
                                                   
Urbanicity                                                  
City 79.8   7.1   3.2   4.5   2.6 ! 2.9     83.8   7.1   3.0   3.9   0.7 ! 1.4  
Suburb 82.6   9.0   2.9   3.3   1.2 ! 1.1 !   87.8   7.6   2.1   1.6   0.5 ! 0.4  
Town 82.4   7   4.6   4.0 !       88.3   6.5   3.0 !      
Rural 85.6   8.0   3.3   2.1   0.3 ! 0.6 !   89.7   7.8   1.0   1.2 !    
                                                   
Percent combined enrollment of Black,
  Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, or
  American Indian/Alaska Native students
                                                 
Less than 5 percent 85.0   8.5   4.5 ! 1.7 ! #       89.3   8.7   1.0 ! 0.6 ! #    
5 percent to less than 20 percent 86.3   7.3   3.0   2.2 ! 0.5 ! 0.6 !   90.2   5.6   2.3   1.3   0.4 !  
20 percent to less than 50 percent 84.8   7.6   2.5 ! 2.6   1.3 ! 1.2 !   88.5   7.3   1.7   1.9     0.4 !
50 percent or more 77.5   8.4   3.6   5.5   2.1 ! 2.8     83.6   8.1   2.9   3.5   0.8   1.1  
                                                   
Percent of students eligible for
  free or reduced-price lunch
                                                 
0–25 84.9   8.1   3.8   2.3   0.5 ! 0.4 !   88.9   6.6   2.6   1.4   0.3   0.3 !
26–50 84.6   7.6   3.6   2.4   0.8 ! 1.1     88.4   6.6   2.6   1.7   0.2   0.4  
51–75 82.4   7.0   2.5 ! 4.7   1.9 ! 1.4 !   86.2   8.7   1.1   2.6 ! 0.8 ! 0.5 !
76–100 77.6   9.4   3.1 ! 4.7   1.7 ! 3.5     85.4   7.9   1.9 ! 2.9 ! 0.7 ! 1.2  
                                                   
Student/teacher ratio2                                                  
Less than 12 84.7   7.2   3.4   2.5   0.9 ! 1.3     88.7   6.8   2.1   1.7   0.3 ! 0.3  
12–16 82.0   8.7   3.4   3.7   1.0 ! 1.2     86.8   7.9   2.2   2.0   0.4 ! 0.6  
More than 16 78.1   8.6   2.9 ! 5.6   2.3 ! 2.5 !   84.6   7.9   2.1 ! 3.3   0.9 ! 1.2  
# Rounds to zero.
! 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: Serious violent incidents include rape or attempted rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with a weapon, threat of physical attack with a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon. Serious violent incidents are also included in violent incidents. 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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