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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 3.9b.

Percentage of public school teachers who reported behavioral problems occurring in their schools at least weekly, by type of problem, locale, and grade level taught: 200304


Locale and grade level taught Student acts of disrespect for teachers Student bullying Physical conflicts among students Student verbal abuse of teachers Widespread disorder in classrooms
Total 21.6 17.7 12.1 11.8 5.0
City 30.2 22.2 19.2 18.5 9.1
Suburban 19.2 15.8 11.1 9.9 3.8
Town 18.1 17.4 9.2 9.3 3.2
Rural 16.8 15.2 6.6 8.1 2.7
           
Elementary 14.5 14.5 13.3 6.7 3.3
City 22.8 18.7 19.9 11.7 6.7
Suburban 11.3 12.9 11.8 5.1 2.1
Town 10.0 13.2 11.2 4.3 1.7
Rural 11.0 12.0 7.8 3.7 1.7
           
Middle 25.9 23.3 14.0 14.3 6.0
City 35.9 30.2 21.7 23.3 11.9
Suburban 23.4 19.5 12.9 10.6 4.6
Town 23.2 23.6 10.8 11.7 3.4
Rural 19.5 20.5 8.5 10.7 2.9
           
High school 27.5 17.1 8.4 16.6 6.2
City 36.7 20.3 15.5 24.8 10.0
Suburban 27.1 16.5 8.0 16.4 5.8
Town 24.2 17.2 4.9 13.1 5.0
Rural 20.9 14.6 4.0 10.7 3.7
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, "Teacher Questionnaire," 200304.