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

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Table 12.3.

Percentage of public school teachers who agreed or strongly agreed that student misbehavior and student tardiness and class cutting interfered with their teaching and that school rules are enforced by other teachers and by the principal, by state: School year 2007–08


State Interfered with teaching   School rules enforced     State Interfered with teaching   School rules enforced  
Student
misbehavior
  Student tardiness
and class cutting
  By other
teachers1
  By the
principal2
    Student
misbehavior
  Student tardiness
and class cutting
  By other
teachers1
  By the
principal2
 
                                     
United States 36.1   33.5   70.6   88.0                      
                                     
Alabama 35.0   32.4   74.7   88.4     Montana 32.2   36.4   75.0   89.8  
Alaska 40.2   49.6   71.6   88.7     Nebraska 32.5   32.3   76.1   87.5  
Arizona 40.6   41.1   68.4   88.3     Nevada 36.9   38.9   69.0   87.0  
Arkansas 32.4   35.8   73.7   90.4     New Hampshire 32.4   30.9   65.3   83.8  
California 35.8   39.0   69.1   86.7     New Jersey 33.4   25.0   71.5   89.9  
Colorado 30.9   39.2   75.9   88.9     New Mexico 44.8   50.5   61.5   83.4  
Connecticut 34.5   29.0   67.3   86.3     New York 36.9   37.4   67.4   85.2  
Delaware 45.5   32.5   64.1   87.4     North Carolina 34.2   37.6   69.2   86.6  
District of Columbia 58.7   47.4   66.3   73.6     North Dakota 30.1   26.0   73.9   89.4  
Florida 35.7   35.2   67.0   89.5     Ohio 36.8   30.0   69.1   88.7  
Georgia 35.2   27.1   78.3   90.8     Oklahoma 35.1   38.3   75.1   88.3  
Hawaii 46.7   49.0   60.6   82.6     Oregon 30.8   35.9   76.6   88.6  
Idaho 35.0   33.6   71.8   90.0     Pennsylvania 28.6   24.8   71.5   89.1  
Illinois 35.3   31.2   68.0   87.1     Rhode Island 37.9   38.6   68.9   81.7  
Indiana 42.3   35.6   72.8   86.5     South Carolina 38.8   35.3   73.9   91.4  
Iowa 38.1   32.7   69.6   87.1     South Dakota 37.1   36.6   68.6   84.7  
Kansas 34.9   33.5   69.5   88.5     Tennessee 38.3   32.9   72.2   89.4  
Kentucky 39.1   32.9   71.8   87.7     Texas 37.1   31.5   70.3   88.7  
Louisiana 38.2   28.1   70.9   91.4     Utah 37.5   40.4   78.0   90.9  
Maine 30.0   34.0   67.4   86.3     Vermont 33.2   26.0   67.1   87.6  
Maryland 44.3   33.4   75.3   86.4     Virginia 35.4   34.6   69.2   84.2  
Massachusetts 34.1   29.9   71.2   88.5     Washington 32.7   32.9   73.3   91.1  
Michigan 36.4   32.3   71.3   88.5     West Virginia 36.2   38.7   70.5   89.6  
Minnesota 39.2   34.6   71.6   89.5     Wisconsin 38.2   30.2   65.5   86.2  
Mississippi 41.8   36.0   71.5   87.0     Wyoming 34.7   40.9   72.2   86.8  
Missouri 35.2   28.1   74.7   90.9                      
1 Respondents were asked whether “rules for student behavior are consistently enforced by teachers in this school, even for students not in their classes.”
2 Respondents were asked whether their “principal enforces school rules for student conduct and backs me up when I need it.”
NOTE: Teachers who taught only prekindergarten students are excluded. The public sector includes public, public charter, and Bureau of Indian Education school teachers. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), “Public School Teacher Data File,” 2007–08; and “Bureau of Indian Education Teacher Data File,” 2007–08.
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