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

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Table 6.5.

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


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 83.6   7.9   3.0   2.8   1.2   1.5     89.6   5.9   1.9   1.6   0.5   0.6  
                                                   
School level1                                                  
Primary 87.0   6.8   1.8 ! 2.2   1.3 ! 0.9 !   94.5   3.8   0.7 ! 0.6 ! #    
Middle 81.1   8.6   4.5   2.9   1.0 ! 1.9     84.5   8.3   4.0   1.7   0.8 ! 0.6 !
High school 72.4   11.2   5.2   6.4   2.0   2.9     75.1   10.8   4.5   5.9   2.1   1.6  
Combined 84.5   8.6 ! 3.9 !   #       91.6   6.3 !     #    
Enrollment size                                                  
Less than 300 89.6   5.7     1.8 !       95.3   3.9 !   0.6 !   #  
300–499 84.3   8.4   3.2   1.9 ! 1.4 !     92.9   4.7   1.4 ! 0.7 !    
500–999 84.1   7.8   2.9   2.8   1.1 ! 1.4 !   89.4   6.3   2.1   1.3   0.3 ! 0.6 !
1,000 or more 67.2   11.7   6.3   7.5   2.2   5.2     68.9   11.9   6.2   7.3   2.4   3.2  
Locale                                                  
City 78.3   10.4   4.0   4.5   1.1 ! 1.7     86.0   7.5   2.7   2.2   0.6   0.9 !
Suburban 84.5   6.5   3.4   2.7   1.0 ! 2.0 !   90.0   4.7   2.3   1.5   0.7   0.8 !
Town 84.4   9.3   1.3   1.1   3.0 ! 0.9 !   90.1   7.0   1.4 ! 1.0 !    
Rural 86.8   6.4   2.5   2.3 !   1.3 !   91.9   5.0   1.1   1.5      
Percent combined enrollment of
      Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific
      Islander, or American Indian/
      Alaska Native students
                                                 
Less than 5 percent 87.4   6.7   1.0 ! 2.9 ! #       92.9   5.5         #  
5 percent to less than 20 percent 90.1   5.0   2.3   1.0 !   0.4 !   93.5   3.6   1.6 ! 0.7   0.3 ! 0.2 !
20 percent to less than 50 percent 81.4   9.5   2.3   3.5   1.1 ! 2.2     89.7   6.3   2.0   1.2   0.3 ! 0.5 !
50 percent or more 78.9   9.3   4.6   3.6   1.9   1.6     85.5   7.3   2.6   2.7   0.8   1.1 !
Percent of students eligible for
      free or reduced-price lunch
                                                 
0–25 89.5   5.2   2.0   1.3   0.4 ! 1.5 !   92.6   4.1   1.2   1.3   0.5 ! 0.4 !
26–50 83.8   8.1   3.2   2.6 !   1.0     89.3   6.5   2.5   1.1   0.5    
51–75 84.2   7.7   2.7   3.2   1.2 ! 1.0 !   91.2   4.8   1.7   1.6   0.2 !  
76–100 77.1   10.3   3.9   3.9   2.1 ! 2.7 !   85.3   7.9   2.1   2.7   0.7 ! 1.4 !
Student/teacher ratio2                                                  
Less than 12 86.8   7.8   1.4 ! 1.7 !       91.3   5.5   1.7 ! 0.8 !    
12–16 84.0   8.0   2.7   2.6   1.2 ! 1.5 !   90.0   6.0   1.5   1.8   0.3 ! 0.5 !
More than 16 82.1   7.8   3.8   3.4   1.1 ! 1.8     88.7   5.9   2.3   1.8   0.6   0.8 !
# Rounds to zero.
! 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: "Serious violent incidents" include 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. 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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