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Table 2.  Number and percentage of public high schools reporting incidents of crime that occurred at school to police, the number of incidents reported to police, and the rate of incidents reported to police per 1,000 students, by incident type and selected school characteristics: School year 2003–04—Continued (Return to Table 2)


School characteristic Theft reported to police3 Other incidents reported to police4
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  7,289 67 60,518 5.2   9,520 88 132,541 11.4
                   
Enrollment size                   
Less than 300  605 37 2,587 7.1   1,039 64 4,396 12.1
300–499  817 52 2,954 4.4   1,227 78 5,185 7.7
500–999  1,970 71 11,668 5.6   2,535 92 22,861 10.9
1,000 or more  3,897 80 43,310 5.1   4,720 97 100,099 11.8
                   
Urbanicity                   
City  1,785 76 16,744 4.9   2,154 91 44,892 13.2
Urban fringe  2,729 77 28,598 5.7   3,210 91 50,013 10.0
Town  1,155 66 6,951 5.3   1,565 89 15,446 11.9
Rural  1,621 51 8,225 4.3   2,591 81 22,190 11.5
                   
Crime level where
students live5 
                 
High  455 82 5,433 7.4   506 91 15,062 20.7
Moderate  1,495 68 13,768 5.3   2,108 95 32,576 12.5
Low  4,228 65 30,176 4.9   5,483 85 59,887 9.7
Mixed  1,111 70 11,141 5.2   1,424 89 25,016 11.6
                   
Percent minority
enrollment6 
                 
Less than 5 percent  1,541 60 8,553 5.4   2,057 80 15,500 9.8
5 to 20 percent  1,957 70 16,609 5.5   2,464 88 29,745 9.8
20 to 50 percent  1,823 72 16,306 5.4   2,268 90 32,464 10.7
50 percent or more  1,856 67 18,480 4.9   2,541 92 52,175 14.0
                   
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch 
                 
0–20 percent  2,893 77 25,646 5.5   3,234 86 43,480 9.4
21–50 percent  2,798 62 21,926 4.9   3,954 88 49,616 11.0
More than 50 percent  1,598 63 12,946 5.2   2,332 91 39,444 15.9
                   
Percent of students
below 15th percentile on
standardized tests 
                 
0–5 percent  2,025 69 14,866 4.9   2,458 83 29,008 9.5
6–15 percent  3,252 68 26,812 5.1   4,236 88 52,713 10.0
More than 15 percent  2,013 66 18,840 5.7   2,827 92 50,819 15.3
                   
Percent of students likely
to attend college 
                 
0–35 percent  1,303 62 10,950 5.4   1,857 89 30,435 15.1
36–60 percent  2,101 65 15,859 5.0   2,867 89 35,793 11.2
More than 60 percent  3,885 70 33,708 5.2   4,796 87 66,313 10.3
                   
Percent of students who
consider academic
achievement important 
                 
0–25 percent  532 60 4,122 6.1   740 84 7,583 11.3
26–50 percent  1,427 66 12,712 5.9   1,870 86 32,475 15.2
51–75 percent  2,474 72 19,548 5.3   3,188 92 41,720 11.4
More than 75 percent  2,857 66 24,136 4.7   3,722 86 50,762 9.9
                   
Percent male enrollment                   
0–44 percent  591 65 4,629 5.6   751 83 10,308 12.5
45–55 percent  6,252 69 52,247 5.1   8,141 90 112,865 11.0
More than 55 percent  446 51 3,642 6.5   628 71 9,368 16.8
                   
Student-to-teacher ratio7                   
Less than 12 students  2,469 59 14,300 5.2   3,418 82 29,147 10.6
12–16 students  2,913 71 26,361 5.3   3,781 92 56,756 11.5
More than 16 students  1,907 75 19,857 5.0   2,321 91 46,638 11.8
                   
Number of classroom
changes8 
                 
0–3 changes  375 68 3,366 6.2   487 88 5,068 9.4
4–6 changes  3,584 68 32,878 5.5   4,657 89 73,046 12.1
More than 6 changes  3,331 66 24,274 4.8   4,376 87 54,428 10.7
                   
Regular use of law
enforcement9 
                 
Regular use  5,787 75 55,134 5.4   7,172 92 118,482 11.7
No regular use  1,502 49 5,384 3.6   2,348 77 14,059 9.3
                   
Number of serious
discipline problems10 
                 
No problems  4,182 62 25,030 4.0   5,685 84 61,248 9.7
1 problem  1,245 76 12,812 6.6   1,513 92 23,586 12.2
2 problems  892 74 7,586 5.2   1,164 97 16,967 11.6
3 or more problems  970 80 15,090 8.0   1,159 95 30,739 16.3
                   
Transfers as a percentage
of enrollment11 
                 
0 to 6 percent  1,734 67 12,126 4.8   2,147 83 24,022 9.4
6 to 11 percent  1,381 64 13,276 6.6   1,844 85 22,014 10.9
11 to 21 percent  2,340 69 18,604 4.8   3,026 90 43,191 11.2
21 percent or more  1,835 68 16,511 5.2   2,503 93 43,315 13.5
                   
Prevalence of schoolwide
disruptions12 
                 
No disruptions  5,998 65 47,921 5.1   7,984 87 98,539 10.4
Any disruptions  1,291 79 12,597 5.8   1,537 94 34,001 15.8
                   
Percent of students
absent on a daily basis 
                 
0–2 percent  437 66 2,637 5.2   528 79 5,146 10.1
3–5 percent  2,573 63 18,949 4.5   3,451 85 41,457 9.9
6–10 percent  3,403 71 31,354 5.5   4,372 91 67,331 11.9
More than 10 percent  877 69 7,578 6.1   1,169 92 18,606 15.0
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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