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Table 1.  Number and percentage of public primary 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 2003–04—Continued (Return to Table 1)


School characteristic Theft3   Other incidents4
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  14,544 30 35,519 2   24,751 51 78,275 4
                   
Enrollment size                   
Less than 300  3,708 30 7,204 3   5,488 44 11,308 4
300–499  4,207 24 9,291 1   8,933 52 23,450 3
500–999  5,945 34 15,918 1   9,346 53 35,824 3
1,000 or more  683 50 3,106 2   983 73 7,694 5
                   
Urbanicity                   
City  4,478 33 11,337 2   7,856 58 30,324 4
Urban fringe  5,101 30 11,731 1   8,724 52 27,018 3
Town  1,032 20 2,242 1   2,590 51 6,707 3
Rural  3,933 30 10,209 2   5,580 42 14,227 3
                   
Crime level where students live5                   
High  1,999 50 5,532 3   2,674 67 14,305 7
Moderate  2,976 33 9,992 2   5,156 57 18,997 4
Low  7,668 26 15,958 1   13,058 45 36,255 3
Mixed  1,901 29 4,038 1   3,864 59 8,719 3
                   
Percent minority enrollment6                   
Less than 5 percent  2,367 26 6,722 2   4,395 48 12,320 4
5 to 20 percent  3,089 26 7,192 1   5,715 48 13,249 3
20 to 50 percent  2,983 27 7,146 1   5,359 49 16,818 3
50 percent or more  5,826 37 13,908 2   8,672 55 33,087 4
                   
Percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch                   
0–20 percent  2,742 25 5,554 1   5,433 49 13,455 3
21–50 percent  4,191 26 11,587 2   7,596 48 23,578 3
More than 50 percent  7,611 35 18,379 2   11,722 53 41,242 4
                   
Percent of students below 15th percentile on standardized tests                   
0–5 percent  3,782 25 9,594 1   7,417 48 20,026 3
6–15 percent  6,223 30 13,867 2   10,423 51 32,570 3
More than 15 percent  4,539 35 12,058 2   6,912 53 25,679 4
                   
Percent of students likely to attend college                   
0–35 percent  5,311 33 12,592 2   8,602 53 32,198 4
36–60 percent  4,408 32 12,223 2   7,173 52 21,348 3
More than 60 percent  4,824 26 10,705 1   8,976 48 24,729 3
                   
Percent of students who consider academic achievement important                   
0–25 percent  1,461 35 3,894 2   2,452 59 10,916 6
26–50 percent  3,398 33 9,669 2   5,116 49 18,128 4
51–75 percent  4,884 36 11,629 2   7,130 53 21,390 3
More than 75 percent  4,801 23 10,327 1   10,053 48 27,841 3
                   
Percent male enrollment                   
0–44 percent  837 26 1,434 1   1,214 38 3,415 3
45–55 percent  10,578 27 24,852 1   19,983 51 64,290 3
More than 55 percent  3,129 50 9,233 3   3,554 57 10,570 4
                   
Student-to-teacher ratio7                   
Less than 12 students  6,643 31 15,840 2   10,445 49 31,265 4
12–16 students  5,112 27 12,918 1   9,386 50 29,485 3
More than 16 students  2,789 31 6,761 1   4,920 55 17,526 3
                   
Number of classroom changes8                   
0–3 changes  5,924 30 14,357 2   9,588 49 30,672 3
4–6 changes  6,848 29 15,758 1   12,343 52 38,165 4
More than 6 changes  1,771 32 5,404 2   2,820 51 9,439 4
                   
Regular use of law enforcement9                   
Regular use  6,167 37 17,835 2   9,266 56 34,706 4
No regular use  8,377 26 17,684 1   15,485 48 43,570 3
                   
Number of serious discipline problems10                   
No problems  8,841 26 19,782 1   15,530 45 44,529 3
1 problem  3,272 38 8,795 2   5,614 64 21,430 5
2 problems  1,629 45 4,912 3   1,870 52 6,773 4
3 or more problems  801 35 2,030 2   1,737 76 5,543 5
                   
Transfers as a percentage of enrollment11                   
0 to 6 percent  2,961 35 5,881 2   3,882 46 10,986 3
6 to 11 percent  2,406 23 6,507 1   4,735 45 15,110 3
11 to 21 percent  3,945 27 9,810 1   7,094 49 20,928 3
21 percent or more  5,233 34 13,321 2   9,041 60 31,252 5
                   
Prevalence of schoolwide disruptions12                   
No disruptions  13,970 30 33,472 2   23,686 50 72,375 3
Any disruptions  574 37 2,047 3   1,065 69 5,901 8
                   
Percent of students absent on a daily basis                   
0–2 percent  1,278 24 3,768 2   2,142 40 7,081 4
3–5 percent  8,645 29 18,610 1   15,460 52 41,547 3
6–10 percent  4,184 36 12,219 2   6,303 54 26,741 5
More than 10 percent  437 22 923 1   846 42 2,906 3
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 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."
6 These estimates exclude data from Tennessee because schools in this state did not report estimates of student race.
7 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.
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 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?"
10 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.
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 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. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2004.


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