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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011
NCES 2012-002
February 2012

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Table 6.4.

Percentage of public schools recording and reporting to the police violent incidents of crime at school, by the number of incidents and selected school characteristics: School year 2009–10


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 26.2   7.6   14.5   14.5   11.1   6.6   19.4     60.1   17.9   7.8   4.3   3.1   1.7   5.0  
                                                           
School level1                                                          
Primary 35.6   7.6   15.6   15.9   9.0   4.7   11.4     78.9   16.9   1.9 ! 1.3       0.7 !
Middle 9.5   6.0   12.2   13.7   15.6   8.8   34.3     34.1   22.1   17.1   8.8   5.9   3.1   9.0  
High school 9.1   8.4   12.1   10.6   14.0   11.0   34.8     23.4   17.8   15.6   9.4   9.8   5.7   18.3  
Combined 26.3   10.3 ! 15.4   13.6   11.0 ! 7.6 ! 15.8     49.0   16.2   16.6   7.2 ! 6.9 !   2.5 !
Enrollment size                                                          
Less than 300 37.2   12.7   19.9   12.4   7.7   2.9 ! 7.3     77.4   13.7   4.8   1.8 ! 2.0 !    
300–499 28.7   8.2   13.2   15.9   11.5   6.4   16.0     68.6   18.2   7.2   2.7   1.2 ! 0.9 ! 1.2 !
500–999 23.6   5.2   15.1   15.6   12.7   8.1   19.8     54.4   22.8   9.4   5.3   2.8   1.4   3.8  
1,000 or more 4.6   3.6   4.2   11.3   12.3   10.3   53.7     18.9   9.7   10.7   11.2   12.1   8.1   29.5  
Locale                                                          
City 25.1   4.5   13.4   14.4   10.5   7.2   25.0     57.5   19.3   6.2   4.5   3.4   2.1   7.1  
Suburban 26.5   6.3   15.5   14.1   11.8   6.5   19.3     60.1   17.1   8.7   4.0   2.7   1.3   6.1  
Town 19.7   8.1   14.8   16.5   12.2   8.0   20.8     56.9   17.9   10.4   4.7   3.9   2.4 ! 4.0  
Rural 29.8   11.4   14.2   14.1   10.5   5.8   14.2     64.0   17.6   7.2   4.3   2.9   1.4   2.6  
Percent combined enrollment of Black,
      Hispanic, Asian/Pacific
      Islander, or American Indian/
      Alaska Native students
                                                         
Less than 5 percent 30.4   15.1   12.1   13.8   11.7   4.5 ! 12.4     63.5   18.8   10.5   3.2 ! 1.7 ! 0.9 ! 1.5  
5 percent to less than 20 percent 32.1   7.0   16.5   14.3   9.3   7.3   13.5     64.2   16.3   8.2   4.5   2.8   1.4   2.5  
20 percent to less than 50 percent 24.1   8.4   14.7   15.1   9.5   6.6   21.6     58.3   19.8   7.2   3.8   3.8   1.9   5.3  
50 percent or more 21.8   4.7   13.8   14.6   13.2   7.0   24.9     57.2   17.4   6.9   5.0   3.5   2.0   7.9  
Percent of students eligible for
      free or reduced-price lunch
                                                         
0–25 37.4   7.4   14.9   13.1   10.0   5.1   12.1     66.2   14.4   7.9   3.4   3.8   1.4   3.0  
26–50 24.0   9.0   16.2   14.3   10.9   6.7   18.9     57.3   19.6   9.7   4.0   2.9   1.8   4.7  
51–75 26.2   7.9   13.2   14.2   10.0   7.5   21.0     59.7   18.0   7.1   4.9   3.3   2.1   5.1  
76–100 18.6   5.9   13.5   16.5   13.8   6.9   24.7     58.6   19.0   6.5   4.9   2.7   1.4 ! 6.9  
Student/teacher ratio2                                                          
Less than 12 30.3   11.1   15.7   16.7   8.1   5.9   12.3     63.2   19.4   6.5   3.9 ! 2.4 ! 1.7 ! 2.8  
12–16 24.7   7.9   15.2   14.0   12.0   6.1   20.0     58.5   18.2   9.2   4.6   3.2   1.9   4.4  
More than 16 26.1   6.3   13.4   14.3   11.3   7.3   21.3     60.6   17.2   7.1   4.2   3.4   1.5   6.1  
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater.
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 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 12. 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. Information regarding the total number of FTE teachers was obtained from the Common Core of Data (CCD), the sampling frame for SSOCS.
NOTE: "Violent incidents" include 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. Detail may not sum to totals due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009–10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2010.
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