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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2001
Executive Summary



Violent Deaths at School

Nonfatal Student Victimization-Student Reports

Violence and Crime at School-Public School Principal/ Disciplinarian Reports

Nonfatal Teacher Victimization at School-Teacher Reports

School Environment


Full Report (PDF)

-Supplemental Tables (PDF - 145 KB)

-Standard Error Tables (PDF - 144 KB)

-Appendix A   School Practices and Policies Related to Safety and Discipline' (PDF - 52 KB)

-Appendix B   Technical Notes (PDF - 73 KB)

-Appendix C   Glossary of Terms (PDF - 25 KB)

-Excel Tables   Zip Format (307 KB)


The safety of our students, teachers, and staff at school continues to be the focus of considerable national attention. National indicators affirm that the levels of crime in school have continued to decline, that acts that promote fear and detract from learning are decreasing, and that students feel more safe in school than they did a few years ago. De-spite declining rates, students ages 12 through 18 were victims of about 2.5 million crimes of violence or theft at school in 1999. Violence, theft, bullying, drugs, and firearms still remain problems in many schools throughout the country and periodically the news headlines relate the details of a tragic event in a school somewhere in America.

Effective programs and policies can only be built on foundations supported by accurate information about the nature, extent, and scope of the problems being addressed. This report is intended to build a foundation of information that will assist in developing policies and/or programs to prevent and cope with violence and crime in schools.

This is the fourth edition of Indicators of School Crime and Safety, a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics. The report provides detailed statistical information to inform the nation on the current nature of crime in schools. This edition of Indicators contains the most recent available data on school crime and safety drawn from a number of statistical series supported by the federal government. These data include results from a study of violent deaths in school, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the 1999 National Crime Victimization Survey, which is conducted by the Census Bureau on behalf of the Bureau of Justice Statistics; and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics continue to work toward providing more timely and complete data on the issue of school-related violence and safety. Not only is this report available on the Internet in its entirety, but individual indicators are updated there throughout the year as new data become available.

Gary W. Phillips
Acting Commissioner of Education Statistics

Lawrence A. Greenfeld
Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics

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