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Table 3.  Number and percentage of public schools reporting physical assaults with the number of incidents reported, by selected school characteristics: 1999–2000


School characteristic Rape or attempted rape1   Sexual battery
other than rape2
  Physical attack
or fight3 with a weapon4
  Physical attack or fight3
without a weapon4
Num-
ber of schools
Per-
cent of schools
Num-
ber of incidents
  Num-
ber of schools
Per-
cent of schools
Num-
ber of incidents
  Num-
ber of schools
Per-
cent of schools
Num-
ber of incidents
  Num-
ber of schools
Per-
cent of schools
Num-
ber of incidents
All public schools 540 1 628   2,030 2 4,246   4,261 5 11,982   52,109 64 805,939
                               
Level                              
Elementary # # #   520 1 650   1,846 4 5,666   26,299 53 390,620
Middle 126 1 143   582 4 1,141   1,150 7 3,779   12,215 80 246,958
Secondary 329 3 360   739 6 2,122   1,139 10 2,377   10,235 87 146,411
Combined 85 2 125   190 4 333   127 3 159   3,361 70 21,950
                               
Enrollment size                              
Less than 300 # # #   255 1 340   391 2 479   10,530 52 61,121
300–499 88 # 146   305 1 338   955 4 1,899   13,931 61 153,125
500–999 152 1 152   758 2 1,273   1,892 6 6,610   20,504 68 419,347
1,000 or more 299 3 330   712 8 2,295   1,022 12 2,994   7,144 83 172,345
                               
Urbanicity                              
City 137 1 149   1,064 5 2,783   1,532 8 3,399   13,433 69 277,563
Urban fringe 281 1 318   564 2 961   1,427 5 3,597   15,546 59 233,856
Town 64 1 64   119 1 145   489 5 2,635   7,133 69 132,012
Rural   283 1 356   813 3 2,351   15,997 62 162,508
                               
Crime level where students live5                              
High   322 6 561   591 11 993   4,039 73 159,437
Moderate 95 1 107   536 4 1,001   1,235 9 2,819   9,328 65 206,472
Low 283 1 347   903 2 1,179   1,699 3 4,426   32,989 61 335,426
Mixed 115 1 127   270 3 1,504   705 9 3,580   5,565 70 100,174
                               
Percent minority enrollment5                              
0–5 percent 130 1 187   197 1 217   636 3 1,382   15,279 62 150,577
6–20 percent 88 # 96   378 2 620   728 4 1,718   11,670 64 154,661
21–50 percent 160 1 160   488 3 1,661   1,207 7 5,038   10,371 63 171,683
More than 50 percent 162 1 186   957 4 1,728   1,690 8 3,844   13,880 64 319,029
                               
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch                              
0–20 percent 166 1 191   454 2 1,600   924 4 1,269   13,922 61 153,580
21–50 percent 206 1 246   602 2 957   1,506 5 5,198   18,568 65 264,369
More than 50 percent 167 1 191   974 3 1,689   1,831 6 5,515   19,619 65 387,990
                               
Percent of students below 15th percentile on standardized tests                              
0–5 percent 99 # 99   271 1 357   666 3 838   14,316 57 160,797
6–15 percent 231 1 256   643 2 2,095   1,562 5 5,482   21,584 66 265,198
More than 15 percent 210 1 274   1,116 5 1,794   2,033 8 5,662   16,209 68 379,943
                               
Percent of students likely to attend college                              
0–35 percent 125 1 132   760 3 1,413   1,411 6 2,497   16,940 69 326,636
36–60 percent 222 1 261   782 3 2,121   1,773 6 7,425   19,063 65 288,591
More than 60 percent 193 1 235   487 2 711   1,077 4 2,060   16,106 58 190,712
                               
Percent of students who consider academic achievement important                              
0–25 percent   160 2 298   475 7 1,714   5,274 78 83,477
26–50 percent 133 1 133   746 4 1,258   940 5 2,427   12,859 72 194,070
51–75 percent 199 1 276   588 2 1,906   1,638 6 3,744   16,753 63 294,623
More than 75 percent 199 1 211   536 2 784   1,208 4 4,097   17,224 56 233,769
                               
Percent male enrollment                              
0–44 percent 52 1 52   445 4 564   317 3 1,062   6,176 62 102,270
45–55 percent 430 1 479   1,428 2 3,496   3,346 5 10,148   40,625 65 644,383
More than 55 percent   158 2 185   598 6 772   5,309 54 59,286
                               
Student/teacher ratio5,6                              
Less than 12 133 # 190   687 3 968   1,002 4 2,390   16,329 60 213,001
12–16 162 1 186   588 2 1,096   1,479 5 6,122   17,294 64 274,591
More than 16 195 1 202   698 3 2,115   1,628 7 3,083   16,283 70 279,583
                               
Number of classroom changes5                              
0–3 changes 41 # 49   154 1 171   792 4 3,987   11,063 50 152,139
4–6 changes 193 1 211   956 3 2,579   1,809 5 4,417   22,960 65 358,860
More than 6 changes 222 1 285   868 4 1,392   1,455 7 3,118   15,114 75 257,089
                               
Use of paid law enforcement7                              
Regular use 509 1 598   1,545 4 3,605   2,708 6 7,032   30,846 73 586,570
No regular use   485 1 641   1,553 4 4,950   21,264 54 219,369
                               
Number of serious discipline problems8                              
No problems 125 # 182   592 1 678   1,116 2 2,151   24,621 54 211,514
1 problem 119 1 119   362 2 1,438   926 6 2,548   11,292 71 174,623
2 problems 146 2 166   329 4 624   813 9 3,934   6,838 76 151,290
3 or more problems 150 1 162   747 7 1,506   1,406 13 3,350   9,358 84 268,512
                               
Transfers as percentage of enrollment5,9                              
0 to 6 percent 66 # 66   361 2 418   924 5 3,921   11,298 58 110,526
6 to 11 percent 131 1 131   216 1 398   866 5 1,697   10,670 60 113,218
11 to 21 percent 176 1 193   684 4 1,298   858 5 1,528   12,720 68 164,193
21 percent or more 122 1 186   662 3 1,992   1,361 6 4,333   15,428 68 376,615
                               
Prevalence of schoolwide disruptions5,10                              
No disruptions 337 0 376   1,403 2 2,363   3,315 5 8,141   42,391 62 635,220
Any disruptions 180 2 217   423 5 1,598   812 10 2,467   6,676 82 126,926
                               
Percent of students absent without excuses                              
None   72 # 88   551 4 1,059   7,318 48 81,324
1–2 percent 134 # 174   553 2 949   1,435 4 5,156   21,419 65 273,034
3–5 percent 128 1 146   611 3 998   1,191 6 3,507   14,419 68 248,843
6–10 percent 183 2 202   620 7 1,829   834 10 1,785   6,537 78 142,091
More than 10 percent 61 2 73   174 5 381   249 7 474   2,415 65 60,647
# Rounds to zero.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Rape was defined for respondents as, "forced sexual intercourse (vaginal, anal, or oral penetration). This includes penetration from a foreign object."
2 Sexual battery was defined for respondents as an, "incident that includes threatened rape, fondling, indecent liberties, child molestation, or sodomy. Classification of these incidents should take into consideration the age and developmentally appropriate behavior of the offender(s)."
3 Physical attack or fight was defined for respondents as an, "actual and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will, or the intentional causing of bodily harm to an individual."
4 Weapon was defined for respondents as, "any instrument or object used with the intent to threaten, injure, or kill. Includes look-alikes if they are used to threaten others."
5 Some schools are omitted from these categories because of missing data on their school characteristics. For this reason, the detailed results do not sum to the totals. See appendix J of 2000 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) Detailed Data Documentation (NCES 2004-307) for further information.
6 Student/teacher ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. The total number of full-time equivalent teachers is a combination of the full-time and part-time teachers, including special education teachers, with an adjustment to compensate for the part-time status.
7 Schools were included as regularly using paid law enforcement if they reported the use of paid law enforcement during any of the following times: at any time during school hours, while students were arriving or leaving, at selected school activities (e.g., athletic and social events, open houses, science fairs), or at any other time that the respondent specified.
8 Serious discipline problems is a count of discipline problems reported by principals. These discipline problems include student racial tensions, student bullying, student verbal abuse of teachers, widespread disorder in classrooms, and student acts of disrespect for teachers. If a principal reported that any of these problems occurred daily or weekly in their school, each was counted once in the total number of serious discipline problems. Undesirable gang activities and undesirable cult or extremist group activities were also counted once as a problem if the principal reported that these events occurred at all in their school.
9 Transfers as a percentage of enrollment combines the number of students who were transferred to a school and the number of students who were transferred from a school, divided by the total number of students enrolled in the school.
10 Schoolwide disruptions include actions that disrupted school activities such as bomb threats or anthrax threats. Respondents were instructed to exclude all fire alarms, including false alarms.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. "At school/at your school" was defined for respondents as including activities happening in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that are holding school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to, unless the survey specified otherwise, only respond for those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities/events were in session. Elementary 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. Secondary 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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000.


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