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Table 2.  Number and percentage of public schools reporting incidents of crime that occurred at school to police, the number of incidents reported to police, and the rate of incidents reported to police per 1,000 students, by incident type and selected school characteristics: School year 2003–04—Continued (Return to Table 2)


School characteristic Theft reported to police3 Other incidents reported to police4
Num-
ber of
schools
Per-
cent of
schools
Num-
ber of
incidents
Rate per
1,000
students
  Num-
ber of
schools
Per-
cent of
schools
Num-
ber of
incidents
Rate per
1,000
students
All public schools  24,556 31 113,261 2.4   40,228 50 263,316 5.6
                   
Level5                   
Primary  7,872 16 14,424 0.6   16,832 35 43,941 1.9
Middle  6,345 44 27,362 2.8   10,225 71 67,302 6.9
High school  7,289 67 60,518 5.2   9,520 88 132,541 11.4
Combined  3,050 48 10,957 4.1   3,650 57 19,533 7.4
                   
Enrollment size                   
Less than 300  4,012 21 8,843 2.3   6,635 35 17,028 4.4
300–499  4,996 21 12,723 1.3   10,594 45 31,006 3.2
500–999  9,776 34 36,035 1.8   15,147 52 81,560 4.2
1,000 or more  5,771 65 55,660 4.1   7,852 88 133,723 10.0
                   
Urbanicity                   
City  7,016 35 32,820 2.4   11,043 55 92,312 6.8
Urban fringe  8,019 30 46,641 2.5   13,669 51 95,345 5.2
Town  3,145 33 12,306 2.5   5,369 56 28,325 5.7
Rural  6,376 26 21,493 2.2   10,147 42 47,334 4.9
                   
Crime level where
students live6 
                 
High  2,470 42 10,570 2.9   3,492 60 33,377 9.3
Moderate  5,766 37 28,057 2.8   9,503 61 72,934 7.3
Low  13,229 27 56,555 2.2   21,489 44 115,368 4.4
Mixed  3,091 29 18,080 2.5   5,744 54 41,637 5.8
                   
Percent minority
enrollment7 
                 
Less than 5 percent  4,825 28 17,921 2.5   7,410 43 33,128 4.6
5 to 20 percent  5,729 29 28,266 2.5   9,592 49 57,449 5.1
20 to 50 percent  5,304 30 29,027 2.6   8,960 51 59,093 5.3
50 percent or more  8,358 34 36,934 2.3   13,398 55 108,637 6.7
                   
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch 
                 
0–20 percent  6,494 34 36,155 2.8   9,522 50 66,141 5.1
21–50 percent  8,497 30 42,481 2.6   14,449 50 92,781 5.7
More than 50 percent  9,565 29 34,624 2.0   16,256 49 104,394 6.0
                   
Percent of students
below 15th percentile on
standardized tests 
                 
0–5 percent  6,157 26 25,574 2.0   10,314 44 57,145 4.5
6–15 percent  10,106 30 49,247 2.5   16,635 49 105,216 5.3
More than 15 percent  8,294 35 38,440 2.7   13,279 57 100,956 7.2
                   
Percent of students likely
to attend college 
                 
0–35 percent  7,427 29 30,546 2.3   13,103 51 87,158 6.5
36–60 percent  7,120 32 30,530 2.3   11,927 53 70,120 5.3
More than 60 percent  10,009 31 52,185 2.6   15,198 47 106,038 5.3
                   
Percent of students who
consider academic
achievement important 
                 
0–25 percent  2,764 34 11,615 2.9   4,737 58 27,086 6.8
26–50 percent  5,589 32 24,924 2.7   9,035 52 67,368 7.2
51–75 percent  7,423 32 35,277 2.5   11,886 51 79,357 5.7
More than 75 percent  8,780 28 41,445 2.1   14,570 46 89,506 4.6
                   
Percent male enrollment                   
0–44 percent  1,589 29 7,530 2.8   2,587 47 19,342 7.2
45–55 percent  20,006 30 96,883 2.4   33,567 51 223,534 5.6
More than 55 percent  2,961 33 8,848 2.2   4,074 45 20,440 5.0
                   
Student-to-teacher ratio8                   
Less than 12 students  9,872 28 34,962 2.3   16,516 46 75,241 5.0
12–16 students  9,453 32 49,154 2.5   15,472 52 109,147 5.6
More than 16 students  5,231 35 29,144 2.4   8,240 56 78,928 6.6
                   
Number of classroom
changes9 
                 
0–3 changes  4,165 20 9,667 1.0   7,752 37 23,973 2.4
4–6 changes  10,875 29 54,549 2.5   18,339 49 134,001 6.1
More than 6 changes  9,516 43 49,045 3.4   14,137 64 105,342 7.3
                   
Regular use of law
enforcement10 
                 
Regular use  15,367 43 88,780 3.2   22,957 64 201,818 7.4
No regular use  9,189 21 24,481 1.3   17,271 39 61,499 3.2
                   
Number of serious
discipline problems11 
                 
No problems  13,511 26 46,999 1.7   23,044 45 116,051 4.2
1 problem  4,764 33 23,046 2.6   8,295 57 51,218 5.8
2 problems  3,111 41 17,072 3.4   4,380 58 36,935 7.4
3 or more problems  3,170 49 26,144 5.1   4,509 69 59,111 11.5
                   
Transfers as a percentage
of enrollment12 
                 
0 to 6 percent  5,514 35 20,089 2.2   7,565 48 43,529 4.9
6 to 11 percent  4,616 26 25,413 2.7   8,005 46 49,613 5.2
11 to 21 percent  7,257 30 33,270 2.3   12,063 50 79,540 5.5
21 percent or more  7,169 31 34,489 2.5   12,595 54 90,635 6.7
                   
Prevalence of schoolwide
disruptions13 
                 
No disruptions  21,942 29 94,634 2.2   36,263 48 212,153 5.0
Any disruptions  2,614 51 18,627 4.2   3,965 78 51,163 11.5
                   
Percent of students
absent on a daily basis 
                 
0–2 percent  2,049 26 5,891 1.7   2,963 38 12,549 3.7
3–5 percent  11,436 26 45,413 1.8   20,395 46 101,527 4.1
6–10 percent  9,230 39 51,512 3.3   14,150 60 122,979 7.9
More than 10 percent  1,841 42 10,445 3.5   2,720 62 26,261 8.8
1 Violent incidents include rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with or without a weapon, threat of physical attack with or without a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon.
2 Serious violent incidents include rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with a weapon, threat of physical attack with a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon.
3 Theft or larceny (taking things worth over $10 without personal confrontation) was defined for respondents as "the unlawful taking of another person's property without personal confrontation, threat, violence, or bodily harm. Included are pocket picking, stealing purse or backpack (if left unattended or no force was used to take it from owner), theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle or of motor vehicle parts or accessories, theft of bicycles, theft from vending machines, and all other types of thefts."
4 Other incidents include possession of a firearm or explosive device, possession of a knife or sharp object, distribution of illegal drugs, possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs, and vandalism.
5 Primary 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. High 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.
6 Respondents were asked, "How would you describe the crime level in the area(s) in which your students live?" Response options included "high level of crime," "moderate level of crime," "low level of crime," and "students come from areas with very different levels of crime."
7 These estimates exclude data from Tennessee because schools in this state did not report estimates of student race.
8 Student-to-teacher ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school by the total number of full-time-equivalent teachers and aides. The total number of full-time-equivalent teachers and aides is a combination of the full-time and part-time teachers and aides, including special education teachers and aides, with an adjustment to compensate for the part-time status.
9 Respondents were asked, "How many classroom changes do most students make in a typical day?" Responses exclude morning arrival and afternoon departure.
10 Respondents were asked, "During the 2003–2004 school year, did you have any sworn law enforcement officers, security guards, or security personnel present at your school on a regular basis?"
11 Serious discipline problems include student racial tensions, student bullying, student sexual harassment of other students, student verbal abuse of teachers, widespread disorder in classrooms, student acts of disrespect for teachers, gang activities, and cult or extremist group activities. If a respondent 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.
12 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.
13 Schoolwide disruptions include actions that disrupted school activities such as death threats, bomb threats, and chemical, biological, or radiological threats. Respondents were instructed to exclude all fire alarms, including false alarms.
NOTE: "At school" was defined for respondents to include activities that happen in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Reponses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2004.


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