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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 2005–06 (Return to Table 2)

  Theft reported to police3    Other incidents reported to police4 
School characteristic  Num-
ber of schools
  Per-
cent of schools
  Num-
ber of incidents
  Rate per 1000 students   Num-
of schools
  Per-
cent of schools
  Num-
ber of incidents
  Rate per 1000 students
All public schools  23,200   28   119,400   2   42,130   51   290,000   6
                               
Level5                               
Primary  6,050   12   11,600   1   16,580   34   46,800   2
Middle  6,730   43   28,900   3   11,280   73   70,100   7
High school  7,900   68   67,700   6   10,160   87   145,600   12
Combined  2,520   34   11,200   4   4,110   55   27,500   9
                               
Enrollment size                               
Less than 300  2,930   14   6,800   2   7,580   36   24,800   6
300–499  4,410   19   10,000   1   9,430   40   30,200   3
500–999  9,400   32   39,800   2   16,760   57   89,100   5
1,000 or more  6,460   69   62,700   4   8,360   90   145,900   10
                               
Urbanicity                               
City  6,610   31   39,300   3   11,430   54   104,500   7
Urban fringe  8,020   29   46,100   2   14,210   52   105,200   5
Town  2,670   33   10,900   3   4,790   58   24,000   6
Rural  5,900   22   23,100   2   11,690   44   56,300   6
                               
Crime level where
    students live6
                             
High  1,970   30   10,600   3   3,990   61   33,100   8
Moderate  4,870   31   22,800   2   9,490   60   73,600   8
Low  12,880   26   65,500   2   22,790   45   135,600   5
Mixed  3,490   33   20,500   3   5,860   56   47,700   7
                               
Percent minority
    enrollment7
                             
Less than 5 percent  3,620   22   13,200   2   6,850   41   28,500   4
5 to 20 percent  5,520   27   33,600   3   9,320   45   67,000   6
20 to 50 percent  5,570   30   32,800   3   9,670   52   69,700   6
50 percent or more  7,920   31   36,700   2   15,090   59   117,200   7
                               
Percent of students
    eligible for free
    or reduced-price
    lunch
                             
0–20 percent  5,480   29   33,800   3   8,460   44   64,900   5
21–50 percent  8,740   32   49,600   3   14,040   51   105,800   6
More than 50 percent  8,980   25   36,000   2   19,630   54   119,300   6
                               
Percent of students
    below 15th per-
    centile on stan-
    dardized tests
                             
0–5 percent  6,100   21   31,800   2   11,370   39   66,300   4
6–15 percent  9,870   30   52,600   3   18,070   55   121,000   6
More than 15 percent  7,230   35   35,000   3   12,690   61   102,700   8
                               
Percent of students
    likely to attend
    college
                             
0–35 percent  6,640   29   25,600   2   12,750   56   82,500   7
36–60 percent  7,140   29   35,900   3   13,520   54   90,200   6
More than 60 percent  9,420   26   57,900   3   15,860   44   117,400   5
                               
Percent of students
    who consider
    academic achieve-
    ment important
                             
0–25 percent  1,820   32   8,100   3   3,890   67   28,200   10
26–50 percent  5,220   33   24,200   3   9,450   59   57,500   7
51–75 percent  7,600   31   39,200   3   12,960   53   104,300   7
More than 75 percent  8,560   23   47,900   2   15,830   43   100,000   4
                               
Percent male enrollment                               
0–44 percent  1,090   19   6,400   2   2,660   47   17,800   6
45–55 percent  20,370   30   106,300   3   35,710   52   247,200   6
More than 55 percent  1,740   19   6,600   2   3,750   40   25,000   7
                               
Student-to-FTE ratio8                               
Less than 12 students  9,730   23   40,400   2   19,200   45   94,000   5
12–16 students  8,210   30   48,500   3   14,720   55   110,400   6
More than 16 students  5,250   37   30,500   3   8,200   58   85,700   7
                               
Number of class-
    room changes9
                             
0–3 changes  3,200   14   9,900   1   8,620   38   32,500   3
4–6 changes  10,000   28   58,100   3   18,110   50   139,600   6
More than 6 changes  10,000   40   51,400   3   15,410   62   117,900   8
                               
Regular use of law
    enforcement10
                             
Regular use  15,370   44   100,300   4   23,760   69   232,100   9
No regular use  7,830   16   19,000   1   18,370   38   57,900   3
                               
Number of serious
    discipline pro-
    blems11
                             
No problems  12,670   22   58,300   2   23,950   43   135,500   5
1 problem  4,230   32   18,700   2   8,210   63   53,100   7
2 problems  2,920   42   17,000   3   4,980   71   45,000   9
3 or more problems  3,390   50   25,300   5   4,990   74   56,400   11
                               
Transfers as a per-
    centage of enroll-
    ment12
                             
0 to 6 percent  3,760   24   22,900   3   7,210   45   42,900   5
6 to 11 percent  4,460   25   20,100   2   8,420   47   49,800   5
11 to 21 percent  6,700   30   33,500   3   11,400   51   84,100   6
21 percent or more  8,270   31   42,900   3   15,090   56   113,200   7
                               
Prevalence of school-
    wide disruptions13
                             
No disruptions  20,720   27   101,100   2   38,190   49   242,700   6
Any disruptions  2,480   45   18,300   4   3,940   72   47,400   11
                               
Percent of students
    absent on a
    daily basis
                             
0–2 percent  1,590   19   7,000   2   3,380   39   16,300   4
3–5 percent  11,550   26   50,300   2   20,150   46   115,800   5
6–10 percent  7,970   32   49,100   3   14,640   60   120,200   8
More than 10 percent  2,080   32   12,900   3   3,970   61   37,800   10
#Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is from 30 percent to 50 percent 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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