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


Table 19.1.

Percentage of public schools that took a serious disciplinary action, by school level and type of offense: School year 2009–10


Type of offense All public schools   Primary school1   Middle school1   High school1   Combined1  
Total 39.1   18.1   67.0   82.7   49.2  
Physical attacks or fights 29.0   13.2   49.7   62.6   35.6  
Distribution, possession, or use of alcohol 9.2   1.0 ! 13.6   36.1   9.9  
Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs 19.5   2.0   36.9   66.1   22.7  
Use or possession of a firearm or explosive device 3.0   1.7 ! 4.1   7.3    
Use or possession of a weapon other than a
   firearm or explosive device
13.5   6.4   25.1   28.9   10.9  
! 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) 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.
NOTE: Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. Serious disciplinary actions include removals with no continuing services for at least the remainder of the school year, transfers to specialized schools for disciplinary reasons, and out-of-school suspensions lasting 5 or more days, but less than the remainder of the school year. Respondents were instructed to respond only for those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session, unless the survey specified otherwise. Detail may not sum to total because schools could report more than one type of offense, but were only counted once in the total.
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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