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Table 7.  Number and percentage of public middle schools reporting disruptions for bomb or anthrax threats with the number of incidents reported, by selected school characteristics: 1999–2000


School characteristic Number of schools Percent of schools Number of incidents
All public middle schools 2,488 16 5,843
       
Enrollment size      
Less than 300 136 5 171
300–499 598 18 943
500–999 1,188 16 2,849
1,000 or more566 29 1,879
       
Urbanicity      
City 717 21 1,639
Urban fringe 873 16 2,535
Town 323 13 702
Rural 575 14 967
       
Crime level where students live1      
High 224 30 627
Moderate 520 20 1,527
Low 1,398 14 2,914
Mixed 347 17 775
       
Percent minority enrollment1      
0–5 percent 532 12 1,023
6–20 percent 683 17 1,670
21–50 percent 575 16 1,215
More than 50 percent 698 20 1,934
       
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch      
0–20 percent 567 12 1,435
21–50 percent 923 14 1,964
More than 50 percent 998 23 2,445
       
Percent of students below 15th percentile on standardized tests      
0–5 percent 584 14 1,260
6–15 percent 1,001 15 2,597
More than 15 percent 903 20 1,986
       
Percent of students likely to attend college      
0–35 percent 786 18 1,764
36–60 percent 982 17 2,527
More than 60 percent 720 13 1,552
       
Percent of students who consider academic achievement important      
0–25 percent 227 14 883
26–50 percent 518 16 1,217
51–75 percent 1,018 20 2,388
More than 75 percent 724 14 1,355
       
Percent male enrollment      
0–44 percent 293 14 1,133
45–55 percent 1,928 16 4,171
More than 55 percent267 20 539
       
Student/teacher ratio1,2      
Less than 12 612 13 1,531
12–16 930 16 1,696
More than 16 811 19 2,293
       
Number of classroom changes1      
0–3 changes 74 8 146
4–6 changes 846 15 1,811
More than 6 changes 1,324 18 3,196
       
Use of paid law enforcement3      
Regular use 2,212 21 5,017
No regular use 276 6 826
       
Number of serious discipline problems4      
No problems 571 10 1,079
1 problem 460 12 1,013
2 problems 382 16 705
3 or more problems 1,075 28 3,046
       
Transfers as percentage of enrollment1,5      
0 to 6 percent 622 16 1,463
6 to 11 percent 569 17 1,584
11 to 21 percent 494 13 1,226
21 percent or more 727 18 1,446
       
Percent of students absent without excuses      
None 256 9 831
1–2 percent 1,083 17 2,151
3–5 percent 620 17 1,371
6–10 percent 400 19 1,073
More than 10 percent 129 24 416
       
Prevalence of violent incidents      
No violent incidents 105 5 191
Any violent incidents 2,299 17 5,448
1 Some schools are omitted from these categories because of missing data on their school characteristics. For this reason, the detailed results do not sum to the totals. See appendix J of 2000 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) Detailed Data Documentation (NCES 2004-307) for further information.
2 Student/teacher ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. The total number of full-time equivalent teachers is a combination of the full-time and part-time teachers, including special education teachers, with an adjustment to compensate for the part-time status.
3 Schools were included as regularly using paid law enforcement if they reported the use of paid law enforcement during any of the following times: at any time during school hours, while students were arriving or leaving, at selected school activities (e.g., athletic and social events, open houses, science fairs), or at any other time that the respondent specified.
4 Serious discipline problems is a count of discipline problems reported by principals. These discipline problems include student racial tensions, student bullying, student verbal abuse of teachers, widespread disorder in classrooms, and student acts of disrespect for teachers. If a principal 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. Undesirable gang activities and undesirable cult or extremist group activities were also counted once as a problem if the principal reported that these events occurred at all in their school.
5 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.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. "At school/at your school" was defined for respondents as including activities happening in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that are holding school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to, unless the survey specified otherwise, only respond for those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities/events were in session. Bomb or anthrax threats were defined for respondents as bomb scares, anthrax scares, or comparable school wide threats (not including fire). 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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000.


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