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Table 2.  Number and percentage of public primary 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 
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  7,872 16 14,424 1   16,832 35 43,941 2
                   
Enrollment size                   
Less than 300  1,585 13 2,644 1   3,371 27 6,538 3
300–499  2,274 13 3,886 1   6,371 37 13,906 2
500–999  3,678 21 6,639 1   6,282 36 18,440 2
1,000 or more  334 25 1,254 1   808 60 5,056 3
                   
Urbanicity                   
City  3,047 22 5,586 1   5,553 41 17,250 2
Urban fringe  2,580 15 5,145 1   6,108 36 15,236 2
Town  637 12 1,013 1   1,770 35 3,693 2
Rural  1,609 12 2,679 1   3,401 26 7,761 2
                   
Crime level where students live5                   
High  1,303 33 2,450 1   1,859 46 7,463 4
Moderate  1,865 21 3,566 1   4,099 45 12,340 3
Low  3,819 13 6,703 1   8,467 29 19,681 2
Mixed  886 14 1,704 1   2,408 37 4,457 1
                   
Percent minority enrollment6                   
                 
Less than 5 percent  1,238 13 3,148     2,750 30 6,834 2
5 to 20 percent  1,645 14 2,410 1   3,784 32 7,833 2
20 to 50 percent  1,325 12 2,195 0   3,501 32 9,338 2
50 percent or more  3,583 23 6,509 1   6,409 41 18,781 2
                   
Percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch                   
                 
                 
0–20 percent  1,664 15 3,006 1   3,611 33 7,416 1
21–50 percent  1,959 12 3,637 1   4,772 30 12,038 2
More than 50 percent  4,249 19 7,780 1   8,449 39 24,486 2
                   
Percent of students below 15th percentile on standardized tests                   
                 
                 
0–5 percent  1,875 12 2,878 0   4,826 31 11,392 2
6–15 percent  3,094 15 5,454 1   6,855 34 17,287 2
More than 15 percent  2,903 22 6,091 1   5,152 40 15,262 2
                   
Percent of students likely to attend college                   
                 
0–35 percent  2,942 18 5,380 1   6,107 38 17,919 3
36–60 percent  2,373 17 4,401 1   5,051 37 11,482 2
More than 60 percent  2,558 14 4,642 1   5,675 30 14,539 2
                   
Percent of students who consider academic achievement important                   
                 
                 
0–25 percent  472 11 759 0   1,699 41 5,697 3
26–50 percent  2,041 20 4,565 1   3,995 39 12,939 3
51–75 percent  2,182 16 3,788 1   4,277 32 9,235 2
More than 75 percent  3,178 15 5,311 1   6,861 33 16,070 2
                   
Percent male enrollment                   
0–44 percent  409 13 621 1   992 31 2,597 2
45–55 percent  5,645 14 11,230 1   13,474 34 36,048 2
More than 55 percent  1,818 29 2,573 1   2,366 38 5,296 2
                   
Student-to-teacher ratio7                   
Less than 12 students  2,807 13 5,896 1   6,865 33 17,318 2
12–16 students  3,221 17 5,044 1   6,560 35 17,308 2
More than 16 students  1,844 21 3,484 1   3,408 38 9,315 2
                   
Number of classroom changes8                   
                 
0–3 changes  3,528 18 5,884 1   6,848 35 17,385 2
4–6 changes  3,503 15 6,738 1   8,278 35 21,497 2
More than 6 changes  842 15 1,802 1   1,706 31 5,059 2
                   
Regular use of law enforcement9                   
                 
Regular use  3,506 21 6,931 1   6,830 41 20,347 2
No regular use  4,366 14 7,492 1   10,003 31 23,594 2
                   
Number of serious discipline problems10                   
                 
No problems  4,902 14 9,453 1   10,829 32 26,440 2
1 problem  1,740 20 3,364 1   4,035 46 12,108 3
2 problems  708 20 783 1   1,029 29 2,946 2
3 or more problems  522 23 824 1   939 41 2,447 2
                   
Transfers as a percentage of enrollment11                    
                 
0 to 6 percent  1,696 20 2,814 1   2,520 30 5,030 1
6 to 11 percent  1,388 13 3,105 1   3,193 30 10,220 2
11 to 21 percent  2,165 15 3,615 1   5,208 36 12,144 2
21 percent or more  2,622 17 4,889 1   5,911 39 16,546 2
                   
Prevalence of schoolwide disruptions12                   
                 
No disruptions  7,502 16 13,587 1   15,939 34 41,285 2
Any disruptions  370 24 836 1   893 58 2,656 4
                   
Percent of students absent on a daily basis                   
                 
0–2 percent  934 18 1,758 1   1,500 28 3,831 2
3–5 percent  4,333 15 6,927 1   10,203 34 22,115 2
6–10 percent  2,344 20 5,404 1   4,515 39 16,137 3
More than 10 percent  261 13 334 0   615 30 1,858 2
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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