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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010
NCES 2011-002
November 2010


Table 7.1.

Percentage of public schools reporting selected discipline problems that occurred at school, by frequency and school characteristics: School year 200708


  Happens at least once a week1   Happens at all2  
School characteristic Student racial/ethnic tensions   Student bullying   Student sexual harassment of other students   Student verbal abuse of teachers   Student acts of
disrespect for
teachers other
than verbal abuse
  Widespread disorder in classrooms     Gang activities   Cult or extremist group activities    
                                     
Total 3.7   25.3   3.0   6.0   10.5   4.0     19.8   2.6    
                                     
School level3                                    
Primary 2.6   20.5   1.3 ! 3.7   7.7   3.1     10.0   0.6 !  
Middle 5.6   43.5   6.5   9.8   17.7   6.6     35.4   3.1    
High school 5.3   21.7   5.7   12.1   16.9   4.8     43.1   8.0    
Combined 4.3 ! 24.9     2.9 ! 3.8 !     14.3   6.4 !  
                                     
Enrollment size                                    
Less than 300 3.2 ! 18.7   2.7 ! 4.5 ! 5.6 ! 3.2 !   9.8   1.3 !  
300–499 1.4 ! 20.8   1.8 ! 3.1   8.4   2.6 !   12.8   1.0 !  
500–999 5.3   30.6   3.4   6.4   11.9   5.1     21.8   2.6    
1,000 or more 5.5   33.2   5.7   15.3   22.0   6.1     52.4   9.4    
                                     
Urbanicity                                    
City 5.4   27.5   4.0   11.5   18.2   7.7     33.9   3.3    
Suburb 2.9   24.6   2.9   5.0   9.3   3.3     18.8   2.6    
Town 2.8 ! 30.3   3.1 ! 4.5   10.6   2.9     16.8   2.5 !  
Rural 3.4   21.7   2.4 ! 3.0   5.4   2.2     10.6   2.0    
                                     
Percent combined enrollment of
   Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific
   Islander, or American Indian/
   Alaska Native students
                                   
Less than 5 percent 1.2 ! 25.6   2.7 ! 2.8 ! 5.6   2.0 !   3.9      
5 to less than 20 percent 2.7   24.9   2.5   2.6   5.6   2.1     9.9   1.7 !  
20 to less than 50 percent 3.0   22.1   2.2   5.5   11.5   2.3 !   21.3   2.7    
50 percent or more 6.2   27.6   4.2   10.5   16.1   7.8     34.2   3.6    
                                     
Percent of students eligible for
   free or reduced-price lunch
                                   
0–25 1.6   22.6   2.2   2.7   5.5   1.4 !   10.4   1.5    
26–50 3.5   23.5   3.2   3.6   8.7   2.5     18.2   3.0    
51–75 3.5   26.6   2.9   7.0   11.4   3.9     19.7   3.4    
76–100 7.0   30.1   4.0 ! 12.8   19.2   10.0     34.9   2.4 !  
                                     
Student/teacher ratio4                                    
Less than 12 3.1   22.7   2.3   5.9   9.7   4.1     15.2   1.9    
12–16 3.0   27.3   3.5   5.5   10.4   3.4     21.9   2.7    
More than 16 7.4 ! 29.3   4.4 ! 7.5   13.5   5.3     30.7   4.5    
                                     
Prevalence of violent incidents5                                    
No violent incidents   10.0       2.1 ! 1.4 !   2.7 !    
Any violent incidents 4.7   30.2   3.8   7.7   13.3   4.9     25.4   3.3    
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Includes schools that reported the activity happens either at least once a week or daily.
2 Includes schools that reported the activity has happened at all at their school during the school year.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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 or fight with or without a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon.
NOTE: 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 respond only for those times that were during 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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