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Table 1.  Number and percentage of public high schools reporting incidents of crime that occurred at school, the number of incidents, and the rate of incidents per 1,000 students, by incident type and selected school characteristics: School year 2003–04—Continued (Return to Table 1)


School characteristic Theft3 Other incidents4
Num-
ber of
schools
Per-
cent of
schools
Num-
ber of
incidents
Rate per
1,000
students
  Num-
ber of
schools
Per-
cent of
schools
Num-
ber of
incidents
Rate per
1,000
students
All public schools  9,042 84 93,891 8.1   10,072 93 168,200 14.5
                   
Enrollment size                   
Less than 300  1,003 62 4,120 11.3   1,166 72 6,223 17.1
300–499  1,136 72 5,104 7.6   1,392 88 8,113 12.0
500–999  2,459 89 18,699 8.9   2,684 97 30,362 14.5
1,000 or more  4,444 91 65,967 7.8   4,829 99 123,502 14.5
                   
Urbanicity                   
City  2,018 86 24,110 7.1   2,240 95 55,515 16.4
Urban fringe  3,182 90 43,209 8.6   3,371 96 65,064 13.0
Town  1,477 84 10,536 8.1   1,625 93 18,682 14.4
Rural  2,365 74 16,036 8.3   2,835 89 28,939 15.0
                   
Crime level where
students live5 
                 
High  491 88 7,204 9.9   558 100 18,526 25.4
Moderate  1,844 83 19,685 7.6   2,173 98 40,120 15.4
Low  5,384 83 48,140 7.8   5,855 91 77,847 12.7
Mixed  1,323 83 18,862 8.8   1,485 93 31,707 14.7
                   
Percent minority
enrollment6 
                 
Less than 5 percent  2,037 80 14,713 9.3   2,224 87 21,215 13.4
5 to 20 percent  2,411 86 25,215 8.3   2,689 96 40,275 13.3
20 to 50 percent  2,155 86 23,156 7.6   2,357 94 40,202 13.2
50 percent or more  2,282 83 30,001 8.0   2,611 95 63,741 17.1
                   
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch 
                 
0–20 percent  3,321 88 37,526 8.1   3,423 91 55,704 12.0
21–50 percent  3,658 81 37,834 8.4   4,224 94 63,675 14.1
More than 50 percent  2,063 81 18,531 7.5   2,425 95 48,821 19.7
                   
Percent of students
below 15th percentile on
standardized tests 
                 
0–5 percent  2,421 82 23,834 7.8   2,604 88 36,328 11.9
6–15 percent  4,129 86 42,111 8.0   4,475 93 67,621 12.9
More than 15 percent  2,493 81 27,946 8.4   2,993 98 64,252 19.3
                   
Percent of students likely
to attend college 
                 
0–35 percent  1,584 76 18,379 9.1   1,999 96 37,229 18.5
36–60 percent  2,742 85 23,751 7.5   2,993 93 45,111 14.2
More than 60 percent  4,717 86 51,761 8.0   5,079 92 85,861 13.3
                   
Percent of students who
consider academic
achievement important 
                 
0–25 percent  684 77 5,903 8.8   827 94 9,774 14.5
26–50 percent  1,785 82 19,724 9.2   1,996 92 40,225 18.8
51–75 percent  2,996 87 30,768 8.4   3,312 96 52,978 14.4
More than 75 percent  3,577 83 37,495 7.3   3,937 91 65,223 12.7
                   
Percent male enrollment                   
0–44 percent  684 75 6,863 8.3   769 85 12,351 15.0
45–55 percent  7,680 85 81,409 7.9   8,574 95 143,936 14.0
More than 55 percent  678 77 5,620 10.1   728 83 11,914 21.4
                   
Student-to-teacher ratio7                   
Less than 12 students  3,222 77 23,640 8.6   3,730 89 39,402 14.3
12–16 students  3,574 87 37,492 7.6   3,913 96 69,432 14.1
More than 16 students  2,246 88 32,759 8.3   2,429 95 59,366 15.0
                   
Number of classroom
changes8 
                 
0–3 changes  469 85 4,829 8.9   526 95 7,554 14.0
4–6 changes  4,354 83 48,766 8.1   4,917 94 92,704 15.4
More than 6 changes  4,219 84 40,295 7.9   4,629 92 67,943 13.4
                   
Regular use of law
enforcement9 
                 
Regular use  6,785 87 81,147 8.0   7,486 96 145,975 14.4
No regular use  2,258 74 12,744 8.4   2,586 84 22,225 14.7
                   
Number of serious
discipline problems10 
                 
No problems  5,326 79 42,643 6.7   6,034 89 78,730 12.4
1 problem  1,496 91 17,547 9.0   1,629 99 29,056 15.0
2 problems  1,080 90 13,180 9.0   1,204 100 23,087 15.8
3 or more problems  1,140 94 20,521 10.9   1,204 99 37,328 19.7
                   
Transfers as a percentage
of enrollment11 
                 
0 to 6 percent  2,176 84 20,156 7.9   2,323 89 31,722 12.4
6 to 11 percent  1,717 79 18,066 8.9   1,975 91 28,427 14.1
11 to 21 percent  2,922 87 30,881 8.0   3,181 94 55,400 14.3
21 percent or more  2,227 83 24,789 7.8   2,593 97 52,651 16.5
                   
Prevalence of schoolwide
disruptions12 
                 
No disruptions  7,532 82 76,400 8.1   8,484 92 128,384 13.5
Any disruptions  1,511 93 17,491 8.1   1,588 97 39,816 18.5
                   
Percent of students
absent on a daily basis 
                 
0–2 percent  545 82 4,438 8.7   537 81 7,159 14.1
3–5 percent  3,284 80 31,877 7.6   3,746 92 53,351 12.7
6–10 percent  4,179 87 47,067 8.3   4,585 95 84,370 14.8
More than 10 percent  1,035 82 10,509 8.5   1,204 95 23,320 18.8
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 the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2004.


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