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Table 7.  Number and percentage of public secondary 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 secondary schools 2,838 24 5,475
       
Enrollment size      
Less than 300 160 8 160
300–499 376 20 640
500–999 784 25 1,292
1,000 or more1,518 31 3,383
       
Urbanicity      
City 876 37 1,932
Urban fringe 1,054 28 1,826
Town 424 24 764
Rural 485 13 953
       
Crime level where students live1      
High 159 34 290
Moderate 686 36 1,290
Low 1,656 21 2,951
Mixed 315 21 921
       
Percent minority enrollment1      
0–5 percent 569 15 1,152
6–20 percent 608 22 909
21–50 percent 787 31 1,607
More than 50 percent 874 33 1,808
       
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch      
0–20 percent 1,114 23 2,244
21–50 percent 1,135 24 2,220
More than 50 percent 589 25 1,011
       
Percent of students below 15th percentile on standardized tests      
0–5 percent 746 22 1,253
6–15 percent 1,191 22 2,200
More than 15 percent 901 31 2,023
       
Percent of students likely to attend college      
0–35 percent 651 25 1,305
36–60 percent 857 23 1,841
More than 60 percent 1,330 24 2,330
       
Percent of students who consider academic achievement important      
0–25 percent 162 18 285
26–50 percent 613 24 1,017
51–75 percent 1,040 26 2,515
More than 75 percent 1,023 23 1,658
       
Percent male enrollment      
0–44 percent 304 27 460
45–55 percent 2,316 24 4,594
More than 55 percent 218 23 422
       
Student/teacher ratio1,2      
Less than 12 767 22 1,280
12–16 937 23 1,643
More than 16 1,010 29 2,354
       
Number of classroom changes1      
0–3 changes 109 23 235
4–6 changes 1,552 27 2,966
More than 6 changes 982 21 1,927
       
Use of paid law enforcement3      
Regular use 2,785 26 5,408
No regular use 53 4 67
       
Number of serious discipline problems4      
No problems 853 17 1,541
1 problem 660 25 1,512
2 problems 553 27 1,201
3 or more problems 772 33 1,221
       
Transfers as percentage of enrollment1,5      
0 to 6 percent 715 18 1,092
6 to 11 percent 586 22 1,255
11 to 21 percent 686 29 1,107
21 percent or more 739 32 1,801
       
Percent of students absent without excuses      
None 141 13 329
1–2 percent 595 15 1,045
3–5 percent 936 26 1,516
6–10 percent 796 34 1,614
More than 10 percent 371 38 972
       
Prevalence of violent incidents      
No violent incidents 273 28 439
Any violent incidents 2,525 23 4,978
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). Secondary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 9 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 12.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000.


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