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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2003
Executive Summary

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Violent Deaths at School

Nonfatal Student Victimization-Student Reports

Violence and Crime at School-Public School Reports

Nonfatal Teacher Victimization at School-Teacher Reports

School Environment

Figures

Full Report (PDF) (PDF - 1152 KB)

-Supplemental Tables (PDF - 224 KB)

-Standard Error Tables (PDF - 186 KB)

-Appendix A   Technical Notes (PDF - 113 KB)

-Appendix B   Glossary of Terms (PDF - 45 KB)

-Excel Tables   Zip Format (207 KB)

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Foreword

The Indicators of School Crime and Safety provides the most recent national indicators on school crime and Safety. These indicators demonstrate that sizable improvements have occurred in the Safety of students: between 1992 and 2001, the violent crime victimization rate at school declined from 48 violent victimizations per 1,000 students in 1992 to 28 such victimizations in 2001. Even so, violence, theft, bullying, drugs, and firearms are still prevalent: students ages 12-18 were victims of about 764,000 violent crimes and 1.2 million crimes of theft at school in 2001.

Accurate information about the nature, extent, and scope of the problem being addressed is essential in developing effective programs and policies. The information in this report is intended to serve as a foundation for policymakers and practitioners so that they can develop effective programs and policies to prevent violence and crime in schools and cope with it when it occurs.

This is the sixth edition of Indicators of School Crime and Safety, a joint publication of the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics. This report provides detailed statistical information to inform the nation on the current status of crime in schools. The 2003 edition of Indicators includes the most recent available data, including 2001 data and newly released data from the 2000 School Survey on Crime and Safety, a survey of our nation's public schools.

The data in this report were compiled from a number of statistical data sources supported by the federal government. Such sources include results from a study of violent deaths in schools, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the National Crime Victimization Survey and School Crime Supplement to the survey, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, respectively; the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Schools and Staffing Survey, sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The entire report is available on the Internet. The Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics continue to work toward providing more timely and complete data on the issues of school-related violence and Safety.

Val Plisko
Associate Commissioner
National Center for Education Statistics

Lawrence A. Greenfeld
Director
Bureau of Justice Statistics

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