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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 2007–08—Continued (Return to Table 1)


Theft reported to police3 Other incidents reported to police4
School characteristic Number of schools   Percent of schools   Number of incidents   Rate per 1,000 students Number of schools   Percent of schools   Number of incidents   Rate per 1,000 students
All public schools  25,690   31   133,800   3     40,430   49   267,800   6  
                                   
Level5                                   
Primary  8,080   16   18,200   1     16,570   34   45,800   2  
Middle  7,160   47   32,000   3     10,490   69   70,500   7  
High school  7,800   65   74,500   6     10,170   85   139,000   11  
Combined  2,650   40   9,200   3     3,190   48   12,500   5  
                                   
Enrollment size                                   
Less than 300  3,870   20   7,400   2     5,630   29   17,500   4  
300–499  4,660   19   11,600   1     9,680   40   28,900   3  
500–999  10,830   36   46,900   2     16,950   56   86,500   4  
1,000 or more  6,340   68   67,900   5     8,160   88   134,900   10  
                                   
Urbanicity                                   
City  8,080   38   42,600   3     12,760   60   96,800   7  
Suburb  6,330   26   44,200   3     11,760   49   84,600   5  
Town  3,610   31   17,500   3     5,440   46   29,900   5  
Rural  7,680   29   29,500   3     10,460   40   56,500   5  
                                   
Crime level where
    students live6
                                 
High  3,400   55   13,100   4     3,720   60   35,800   10  
Moderate  5,410   32   33,800   3     10,500   61   78,900   8  
Low  13,430   27   64,900   2     20,560   42   112,500   4  
Mixed  3,450   33   21,900   3     5,640   54   40,700   5  
                                   
Percent of combined Black/African
    American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian,
    Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific
    Islander, and American Indian/
    Alaska Native students 
                                 
Less than 5 percent  3,610   26   13,800   3     5,040   37   21,000   4  
5 to less than                                   
20 percent  6,650   31   38,300   3     9,580   45   58,700   5  
20 to less than                                   
50 percent  6,060   30   33,700   3     10,120   50   65,000   5  
50 percent or more  9,370   34   48,000   3     15,680   57   123,100   7  
                                   
Percent of students
   eligible for free or
   reduced-price lunch
                                 
0–20 percent  5,340   30   34,500   3     8,540   48   55,100   5  
21–50 percent  9,150   31   52,700   3     14,350   48   100,700   6  
More than 50 percent  11,200   32   46,500   3     17,540   50   112,000   6  
                                   
Percent of students
    below 15th per-
    centile on stan-
    dardized tests
                                 
0–5 percent  8,100   28   43,800   3     12,310   43   68,500   4  
6–15 percent  10,380   31   50,100   3     15,950   48   108,500   6  
More than 15 percent  7,210   34   39,900   3     12,160   58   90,900   7  
                                   
Percent of students
    likely to attend
    college
                                 
0–35 percent  6,070   29   25,500   2     10,650   51   75,700   7  
36–60 percent  7,690   34   38,700   3     11,920   53   74,800   6  
More than 60 percent  11,930   30   69,600   3     17,860   45   117,300   5  
                                   
Percent of students
    who consider
    academic achieve-
    ment important
                                 
0–25 percent  1,920   35   9,900   4     2,760   51   30,200   11  
26–50 percent  5,190   37   26,800   4     7,550   54   52,400   7  
51–75 percent  8,550   35   44,600   3     13,220   54   83,600   6  
More than 75 percent  10,020   26   52,500   2     16,890   44   101,600   4  
                                   
Percent male enrollment                                   
0–44 percent  2,310   29   9,500   3     3,420   43   20,900   6  
45–55 percent  21,100   32   113,900   3     33,020   51   221,200   6  
More than 55 percent  2,280   23   10,300   2     3,980   40   25,700   5  
                                   
Student-to-FTE ratio7                                   
Less than 12 students  11,750   28   51,500   3     18,020   43   94,300   5  
12–16 students  9,660   34   53,800   3     15,100   53   106,200   6  
More than 16 students  4,280   35   28,500   3     7,300   59   67,300   7  
                                   
Number of classroom
    changes8 
                                 
0–3 changes  4,380   20   15,300   2     7,920   36   27,700   3  
4–6 changes  10,580   29   60,600   3     17,840   50   131,900   6  
More than 6 changes  10,740   43   57,900   4     14,670   59   108,200   7  
                                   
Regular use of law
    enforcement9 
                                 
Regular use  17,150   45   112,800   4     24,180   63   220,100   8  
No regular use  8,540   19   21,000   1     16,240   36   47,700   3  
                                   
Number of serious
    discipline problems10 
                                 
No problems  14,890   26   67,300   2     23,890   42   126,700   4  
1 problem  6,130   38   30,600   3     9,500   59   61,400   6  
2 problems  2,140   41   13,800   4     3,310   64   29,600   8  
3 or more problems  2,530   53   22,200   6     3,730   77   50,100   13  
                                   
Transfers as a percentage
    of enrollment11 
                                 
Less than 6 percent  6,020   33   26,500   2     8,780   48   46,400   4  
6 to less than                                   
11 percent  4,720   28   24,800   3     7,720   47   49,900   5  
11 to less than                                   
21 percent  7,740   30   43,500   3     12,030   47   85,900   6  
21 percent or more  7,220   32   39,000   3     11,890   53   85,600   7  
                                   
Prevalence of schoolwide
    disruptions12 
                                 
No disruptions  22,370   29   107,100   3     35,700   46   216,600   5  
Any disruptions  3,320   53   26,700   5     4,720   76   51,200   10  
                                   
Percent of students
    absent on a
    daily basis
                                 
0–2 percent  1,560   20   4,900   1     3,090   39   11,400   3  
3–5 percent  12,570   28   55,300   2     19,440   44   101,600   4  
6–10 percent  9,360   36   60,500   4     14,220   55   118,800   8  
More than 10 percent  2,200   43   13,100   4     3,670   72   36,100   11  
#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 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.
8 Respondents were asked, "How many classroom changes do most students make in a typical day?" Responses exclude morning arrival and afternoon departure.
9 Respondents were asked, "During the 2007–08 school year, did you have any security guards, security personnel, or sworn law enforcement officers present at your school at least once a week?"
10 Serious discipline problems include student racial/ethnic tensions, student bullying, student sexual harassment of other students, student verbal abuse of teachers, widespread disorder in classrooms, student acts of disrespect for teachers other than verbal abuse, 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.
11 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.
12 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. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2007–08 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2008.


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