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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 2005–06—Continued (Return to Table 3)

  Physical attack or fight with a weapon3,4   Physical attack or fight without a weapon3,4
School characteristic  Num-
ber of schools
  Per-
cent of schools
  Num-
ber of incidents
  Rate per 1,000 students   Num-
of schools
  Per-
cent of schools
  Num-
ber of incidents
  Rate per 1,000 students  
All public schools  590 ! 1 ! 690 ! #   30,730   63   356,240   16  
                                 
Enrollment size                                 
Less than 300  #   #   #   #   5,560   45   45,120   19  
300–499          11,850   68   147,820   21  
500–999  340 ! 2 ! 450 ! #   12,330   70   147,890   13  
1,000 or more          990   80   15,410   11  
                                 
Urbanicity                                 
City  400 ! 3 ! 510 ! #   10,110   72   137,850   19  
Urban fringe          11,140   64   131,490   14  
Town  #   #   #   #   2,850   65   27,600   16  
Rural  #   #   #   #   6,630   52   59,310   14  
                                 
Crime level where
students live5 
                               
High  300 ! 7 ! 300 ! #   3,530   81   74,240   34  
Moderate          7,510   75   94,560   20  
Low          15,850   55   152,370   12  
Mixed  #   #   #   #   3,850   71   35,080   14  
                                 
Percent minority
enrollment6 
                               
Less than 5 percent  #   #   #   #   4,470   52   39,080   14  
5 to less than
20 percent 
        6,370   55   64,690   13  
20 to less than
50 percent 
#   #   #   #   6,650   63   64,460   12  
50 percent or more  520 ! 3 ! 630 ! #   12,640   75   181,930   20  
                                 
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch 
                               
0–20 percent          5,000   47   48,160   9  
21–50 percent  #   #   #   #   8,750   61   83,130   13  
More than 50 percent  520 ! 2 ! 630 ! #   16,990   72   224,950   21  
                                 
Percent of students
below 15th percentile on
standardized tests 
                               
0–5 percent          9,620   53   97,130   12  
6–15 percent          12,250   65   122,360   14  
More than 15 percent  340 ! 3 ! 440 ! #   8,870   78   136,760   25  
                                 
Percent of students likely
to attend college 
                               
0–35 percent  270 ! 2 !     10,910   76   143,820   22  
36–60 percent          9,200   62   100,390   15  
More than 60 percent          10,620   55   112,040   12  
                                 
Percent of students who
consider academic
achievement important 
                               
0–25 percent          1,780   70   20,630   20  
26–50 percent          6,120   72   74,900   20  
51–75 percent          9,230   70   108,460   19  
More than 75 percent  240 ! 1 ! 240 ! #   13,600   56   152,250   13  
                                 
Percent male enrollment                                 
0–44 percent          1,910   62   18,140   14  
45–55 percent  470 ! 1 ! 470 ! #   25,320   65   302,640   16  
More than 55 percent          3,500   55   35,460   15  
                                 
Student-to-FTE ratio7                                 
Less than 12 students          14,160   57   167,280   18  
12–16 students          10,400   68   110,480   14  
More than 16 students  350 ! 4 ! 350 ! #   6,180   73   78,490   16  
                                 
Number of classroom
changes8 
                               
0–3 changes          11,650   57   114,810   12  
4–6 changes  370 ! 2 ! 370 ! #   14,980   68   190,140   18  
More than 6 changes  #   #   #   #   4,110   69   51,290   20  
                                 
Regular use of law
enforcement9 
                               
Regular use  340 ! 3 ! 340 ! #   8,980   70   112,170   16  
No regular use  250 ! 1 !     21,760   61   244,070   16  
                                 
Number of serious
discipline problems10 
                               
No problems  240 ! 1 !     20,390   56   192,610   12  
1 problem          5,180   82   68,980   21  
2 problems          3,370   99   48,840   30  
3 or more problems          1,790   79   45,820   43  
                                 
Transfers as a percentage
of enrollment11 
                               
Less than 6 percent  #   #   #   #   2,950   38   27,780   8  
6 to less than
11 percent 
        6,350   60   64,120   13  
11 to less than
21 percent 
240 ! 2 !     8,600   66   91,670   16  
21 percent or more          12,840   75   172,670   21  
                                 
Prevalence of schoolwide
disruptions12 
                               
No disruptions  480 ! 1 ! 580 ! #   29,180   63   329,800   15  
Any disruptions          1,550   81   26,440 ! 28 !
                                 
Percent of students
absent on a daily basis 
                               
0–2 percent          3,270   53   39,590   15  
3–5 percent          16,950   62   166,270   13  
6–10 percent          8,740   75   120,360   24  
More than 10 percent          1,770   51   30,030   21  
# 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.
‡ Reporting standards not met. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
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. This 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 Responding schools that did not have race/ethnicity on the sampling frame (2 percent of schools) are excluded from the base.
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 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?"
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 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. 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.
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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