The Task Force would like to thank the National Education Statistics Agenda Committee (NESAC), the National Forum on Education Statistics' Steering Committee, and all Forum members for leadership and support in shaping the handbook.
As the task force worked to design Safety in Numbers, many individuals participated in roundtable discussions and working sessions and provided useful feedback on the direction of the document. Participants included Peter Abeyta, New Mexico Department of Education; Ted Bartell, Los Angeles Unified School District, California; David Burnett, South Carolina State Department of Education; Ellen Davis Burnham, Mississippi State Department of Education; Brenda Caudle, Arkansas State Department of Education; Richard Christofferson, Wisconsin State Department of Education; James Haessly, Waukesha School District, Wisconsin; Gerald Hottinger, Pennsylvania State Department of Education; Keith Kameoka, Hawaii State Department of Education; John Mead, Maryland State Department of Education; Annmarie O'Brien, Northwest Arctic Borough School District, Alaska; Rosalia Payne, St. Thomas School District, Virgin Islands; Robert Rachor, Toledo School District, Ohio; Maritza Robert, Pennsylvania State Department of Education; Tom Saka, Hawaii State Department of Education; Richard Smiley, Alaska State Department of Education; David Weinberger, Yonkers School District, New York. Their contributions are appreciated.
Bill Modzeleski from the U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, Peter Sheras of the University of Virginia's Youth Violence Project, Tom Rich of Abt Associates, and Roy Peterson of Cleverex generously shared ideas from their own efforts. Their thoughts were particularly useful in shaping the design of the incident database.
Many people also took the time to read the draft document and provide useful recommendations that enriched the handbook. Special thanks to Kathryn Chandler, Lee Hoffman, Wilma Greene and Beth Young, NCES; Jeanette Lim, Doreen Dennis, Richard Foster, Jim Gray, and Mary Shifferli, U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights; Joanne Wiggins, U.S. Department of Education's Policy and Program Studies Service; Probio Delacruz Cabrera, Northern Mariana Islands Public School System; Bethann Canada, Virginia State Department of Education; Janet Emerick, Lake Central School District, Indiana; John Fink, Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma; Susan Manuel, Westside Community Schools, Nebraska; Raymond Yeagley, Rochester School Department, New Hampshire; Lonnie Yingst, Great Falls Public Schools, Montana; Roger Young, Haverhill Public Schools, Massachusetts; John Mitchell, American Federation of Teachers; Jinhee Lee, Council of Chief State Schools Officers; and Mike Planty, Education Statistics Services Institute.
Denis Lipman of the Creative Shop designed the cover of the publication.
Finally, special thanks to the many school, school district, and state administrators who devote their energies to incident reporting and to efforts to prevent school problems and promote student achievement.