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Table 1.  Number and percentage of public schools reporting incidents of crime that occurred at school, the number of incidents, and the rate of incidents per 1,000 students, by incident type and selected school characteristics: School year 2005–06 (Return to Table 1)

  Theft3   Other incidents4 
School characteristic Num-
ber of schools
  Per-
cent of schools
  Num-
ber of incidents
  Rate per 1000 students   Num-
ber of schools
  Per-
cent of schools
  Num-
ber of incidents
Rate per 1000 students
All public schools  38,300   46   242,700   5   56,800   68   458,900 10
                             
Level5                             
Primary  13,500   28   36,000   2   26,600   55   105,800 5
Middle  10,700   69   79,300   8   13,600   88   120,800 12
High school  10,000   86   105,500   9   10,900   94   192,000 16
Combined  4,100   55   21,900   7   5,600   75   40,400 13
                             
Enrollment size                             
Less than 300  6,200   30   18,500   4   11,100   53   52,800 12
300–499  8,800   37   31,600   3   15,100   63   63,600 7
500–999  15,300   52   89,800   5   21,700   74   151,800 8
1,000 or more  8,000   86   102,800   7   8,900   95   190,700 13
                             
Urbanicity                             
City  9,800   47   77,500   5   15,300   73   158,900 11
Urban fringe  12,900   47   89,800   5   19,300   70   162,000 8
Town  4,000   48   23,000   6   5,800   71   38,500 9
Rural  11,500   44   52,300   5   16,400   62   99,500 10
                             
Crime level where
    students live6
                           
High  3,000   47   22,200   6   5,000   76   53,200 13
Moderate  7,700   48   50,400   5   11,700   74   117,000 12
Low  22,400   45   130,000   5   32,500   65   216,300 8
Mixed  5,200   49   40,100   6   7,600   72   72,400 11
                             
Percent minority
    enrollment7
                           
Less than 5 percent  7,100   43   31,100   5   10,300   62   55,300 9
5 to 20 percent  8,900   43   60,900   5   13,100   63   109,200 9
20 to 50 percent  8,900   48   63,300   6   13,300   71   109,700 10
50 percent or more  12,400   48   81,900   5   18,400   72   171,600 10
                             
Percent of students
    eligible for free
    or reduced-price
    lunch
                           
0–20 percent  8,800   46   63,100   5   11,900   62   101,600 8
21–50 percent  14,500   53   97,100   6   20,000   72   168,900 10
More than 50 percent  14,900   41   82,400   4   24,900   68   188,500 10
                             
Percent of students
    below 15th per-
    centile on stan-
    dardized tests
                           
0–5 percent  12,100   41   67,200   4   17,100   58   109,500 7
6–15 percent  15,100   46   100,500   5   23,500   71   189,300 10
More than 15 percent  11,100   53   75,000   6   16,200   77   160,100 12
                             
Percent of students
    likely to attend
    college
                           
0–35 percent  10,400   46   55,100   5   16,800   74   133,700 12
36–60 percent  11,700   47   77,200   5   17,400   70   143,400 10
More than 60 percent  16,200   46   110,400   5   22,600   63   181,800 8
                             
Percent of students
    who consider
    academic achieve-
    ment important
                           
0–25 percent  3,000   52   19,200   7   4,500   78   40,700 14
26–50 percent  7,700   49   48,500   6   12,200   76   95,200 11
51–75 percent  12,100   50   75,400   5   17,600   73   161,800 12
More than 75 percent  15,400   41   99,600   4   22,400   60   161,200 7
                             
Percent male enrollment                             
0–44 percent  2,000   36   17,100   6   3,600   64   27,900 10
45–55 percent  32,800   48   208,900   5   48,000   70   389,000 9
More than 55 percent  3,500   37   16,700   4   5,200   56   42,000 11
                             
Student-to-FTE ratio8                             
Less than 12 students  16,900   40   89,200   5   26,300   62   161,900 9
12–16 students  13,600   51   94,600   5   19,400   72   169,800 9
More than 16 students  7,700   55   58,900   5   11,100   79   127,300 11
                             
Number of class-
    room changes9
                           
0–3 changes  6,100   27   21,300   2   12,300   55   60,200 6
4–6 changes  16,600   46   110,200   5   24,600   68   218,900 10
More than 6 changes  15,500   62   111,200   8   19,900   80   179,900 12
                             
Regular use of law
    enforcement10
                           
Regular use  21,600   62   182,500   7   28,100   81   326,400 12
No regular use  16,600   34   60,200   3   28,700   59   132,500 6
                             
Number of serious
    discipline pro-
    blems11
                           
No problems  22,000   39   115,100   4   33,500   59   211,600 7
1 problem  7,300   55   42,200   5   10,900   83   88,600 11
2 problems  4,400   63   34,000   7   6,200   89   70,900 14
3 or more problems  4,600   68   51,400   10   6,200   91   87,700 17
                             
Transfers as a per-
    centage of enroll-
    ment12
                           
0 to 6 percent  6,500   41   44,300   5   10,200   64   73,100 8
6 to 11 percent  8,000   45   43,200   4   11,600   65   82,400 8
11 to 21 percent  10,600   47   69,900   5   14,900   67   132,600 10
21 percent or more  13,200   49   85,300   5   20,000   74   170,800 11
                             
Prevalence of school-
    wide disruptions13
                           
No disruptions  34,500   44   209,300   5   52,200   67   392,300 9
Any disruptions  3,800   70   33,400   8   4,600   84   66,600 15
                             
Percent of students
    absent on a
    daily basis
                           
0–2 percent  3,100   36   14,500   4   4,700   55   26,700 7
3–5 percent  19,100   44   107,200   4   28,900   66   197,700 8
6–10 percent  12,900   53   98,600   6   18,200   74   179,500 12
More than 10 percent  3,100   48   22,400   6   5,000   76   55,000 14
!Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is from 30 percent to 50 percent of the estimate’s value.
‡Reporting standards not met. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Violent incidents include rape or attempted 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 or attempted 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. This includes pocket picking, stealing a 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 a bicycle, theft from a vending machine, 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, possession, or use of illegal drugs or alcohol; 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 Responding schools that did not have race/ethnicity on the sampling frame (2 percent of schools) are excluded from the base.
8 Student-to-FTE 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 2005–2006 school year, did you have any sworn law enforcement officers, security guards, or security personnel present at your school at least once a week?"
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 happening 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 (NCES), 2005–06 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2006.

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