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Table 3.  Number and percentage of public primary schools reporting sexual and physical assaults that occurred at school, the number of sexual and physical assaults, and the rate of sexual and physical assaults per 1,000 students, by selected school characteristics: School year 2003–04—Continued (Return to Table 3)


School characteristic  Physical attack or fight with a weapon3,4   Physical attack or fight without a weapon3,4
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  1,440 3 5,000 0   33,253 68 420,346 19
                   
Enrollment size                   
Less than 300  522 4 2,037 1   7,182 58 67,216 26
300–499  335 2 1,418 0   11,911 69 129,490 26
500–999  496 3 1,457 0   13,003 74 199,794 18
1,000 or more  88 6 88 0   1,157 85 23,846 16
                   
Urbanicity                   
City  352 3 577 0   10,726 79 135,281 19
Urban fringe  519 3 1,099 0   10,946 65 150,370 17
Town  313 6 2,492 1   3,922 77 40,009 19
Rural  256 2 832 0   7,659 58 94,686 20
                   
Crime level where students live5                   
High  258 6 482 0   3,718 93 60,521 31
Moderate  496 5 1,479 0   7,363 81 125,183 28
Low  573 2 2,468 0   17,705 61 173,020 13
Mixed  114 2 572 0   4,468 68 61,621 19
                   
Percent minority enrollment6                   
Less than 5 percent  318 3 1,748 1   4,990 54 53,345 17
5 to 20 percent  95 1 419 0   7,261 61 77,710 15
20 to 50 percent  223 2 745 0   7,611 70 85,065 17
50 percent or more  805 5 2,088 0   12,655 81 195,149 23
                   
Percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch                   
0–20 percent  107 1 107 #   5,281 48 53,298 10
21–50 percent  323 2 1,856 0   10,510 66 130,334 19
More than 50 percent  1,010 5 3,038 0   17,463 80 236,714 23
                   
Percent of students below 15th percentile on standardized tests                   
0–5 percent  243 2 355 0   8,859 58 89,531 13
6–15 percent  609 3 3,047 0   13,937 68 185,521 20
More than 15 percent  588 5 1,598 0   10,457 81 145,293 22
                   
Percent of students likely to attend college                   
0–35 percent  845 5 2,154 0   11,970 74 171,614 24
36–60 percent  253 2 996 0   10,302 75 134,805 21
More than 60 percent  343 2 1,850 0   10,982 58 113,927 13
                   
Percent of students who consider academic achievement important                   
0–25 percent  392 9 1,429 1   3,640 88 54,227 32
26–50 percent  556 5 1,110 0   7,891 76 93,255 21
51–75 percent  153 1 654 0   9,359 70 145,753 23
More than 75 percent  339 2 1,808 0   12,364 59 127,110 13
                   
Percent male enrollment                   
0–44 percent  297 9 297 0   1,898 60 22,984 19
45–55 percent  1,031 3 4,311 0   27,371 70 349,908 19
More than 55 percent  112 2 392 0   3,984 63 47,454 17
                   
Student-to-teacher ratio7                    
Less than 12 students  801 4 2,948 0   13,380 63 171,070 22
12–16 students  343 2 1,466 0   13,311 71 162,770 17
More than 16 students  296 3 586 0   6,562 74 86,506 17
                   
Number of classroom changes8                   
0–3 changes  758 4 2,608 0   12,616 64 160,755 18
4–6 changes  585 2 2,183 0   16,457 70 207,664 19
More than 6 changes  97 2 209 0   4,181 76 51,927 21
                   
Regular use of law enforcement9                   
Regular use  861 5 2,157 0   11,149 68 169,736 19
No regular use  579 2 2,843 0   22,104 68 250,610 18
                   
Number of serious discipline problems10                   
No problems  744 2 2,744 0   21,315 62 215,578 14
1 problem  390 4 1,332 0   6,687 77 93,954 23
2 problems  56 2 168 0   3,254 91 61,747 39
3 or more problems  251 11 756 1   1,997 88 49,067 47
                   
Transfers as a percentage of enrollment11                   
0 to 6 percent  281 3 1,404 0   4,869 58 48,427 13
6 to 11 percent  185 2 739 0   6,465 61 62,385 13
11 to 21 percent  321 2 833 0   9,739 67 113,565 16
21 percent or more  653 4 2,025 0   12,180 80 195,969 28
                   
Prevalence of schoolwide disruptions12                   
No disruptions  1,384 3 4,832 0   31,999 68 399,903 18
Any disruptions  56 4 168 0   1,255 82 20,442 28
                   
Percent of students absent on a daily basis                   
0–2 percent  # # # #   3,067 58 31,054 16
3–5 percent  746 3 4,082 0   20,464 69 220,904 16
6–10 percent  654 6 878 0   8,368 72 139,625 26
More than 10 percent  41 2 41 #   1,355 67 28,761 27
# Rounds to zero.
1 Rape was defined for respondents as "forced sexual intercourse (vaginal, anal, or oral penetration). Includes penetration from a foreign object."
2 Sexual battery was defined for respondents as an "incident that includes threatened rape, fondling, indecent liberties, child molestation, or sodomy. Classification of these incidents should take into consideration the age and developmentally appropriate behavior of the offender(s)."
3 Physical attack or fight was defined for respondents as an "actual and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will, or the intentional causing of bodily harm to an individual."
4 Weapon was defined for respondents as "any instrument or object used with the intent to threaten, injure, or kill. Includes look-alikes if they are used to threaten others."
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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