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Table 20.  Percentage distribution of public high schools reporting selected percentages of parents or guardians that attended an open house or back-to-school night or regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences, by selected school characteristics: School year 2003–04


School characteristic  Percent of students with a parent or guardian that attended an open house or back-to-school night   Percent of students with a parent or guardian that attended a regularly scheduled parent-teacher conference
0–25 percent
of students
26–50 percent
of students
51–75 percent
of students
76–100 percent
of students
School
does not offer
  0–25 percent
of students
26–50 percent
of students
51–75 percent
of students
76–100 percent
of students
School
does not offer
All public schools  15 32 34 12 7   18 31 27 14 9
                       
Enrollment size                       
Less than 300  12 22 37 14 15   17 20 28 31 3
300–499  20 31 25 7 16   13 36 29 14 9
500–999  16 36 35 8 6   21 34 27 9 9
1,000 or more  14 35 35 14 1   20 31 26 12 11
                       
Urbanicity                       
City  18 39 32 8 3   21 34 24 12 9
Urban fringe  11 32 38 17 3   16 29 27 14 14
Town  17 26 34 11 12   18 30 35 11 5
Rural  16 32 31 10 11   20 30 25 18 7
                       
Crime level where
students live1 
                     
High  25 53 21 1 #   16 46 13 10 14
Moderate  20 36 32 7 5   22 34 31 6 7
Low  12 28 36 15 9   17 28 28 18 10
Mixed  17 37 34 8 3   23 33 24 12 8
                       
Percent minority
enrollment2 
                     
Less than 5 percent  15 26 33 14 12   15 30 31 20 4
5 to 20 percent  11 29 36 14 10   14 27 30 16 13
20 to 50 percent  14 29 40 12 5   23 32 21 12 13
50 percent or more  20 45 27 7 1   21 35 27 9 8
                       
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch 
                     
0–20 percent  9 26 37 20 8   17 25 28 18 12
21–50 percent  17 33 35 8 8   18 32 27 14 9
More than 50 percent  21 42 29 7 2   21 37 27 10 6
                       
Percent of students
below 15th percentile on
standardized tests 
                     
0–5 percent  9 31 35 16 10   17 27 25 21 10
6–15 percent  16 29 36 13 7   18 29 30 13 9
More than 15 percent  20 40 30 7 3   21 37 25 9 8
                       
Percent of students likely
to attend college 
                     
0–35 percent  21 44 25 3 7   30 35 22 6 7
36–60 percent  19 34 31 10 6   18 36 27 12 7
More than 60 percent  11 27 39 16 7   14 26 30 19 11
                       
Percent of students who consider
academic achievement important 
                     
0–25 percent  24 42 21 5 8   28 37 14 13 7
26–50 percent  22 36 26 7 10   22 30 30 9 9
51–75 percent  17 34 34 9 7   18 34 25 13 11
More than 75 percent  9 28 41 18 4   15 27 31 18 8
                       
Percent male enrollment                       
0–44 percent  9 41 36 9 6   16 37 26 16 6
45–55 percent  15 32 33 13 7   18 31 27 14 10
More than 55 percent  19 26 43 5 7   22 27 29 17 5
                       
Student-to-teacher ratio3                       
Less than 12 students  15 29 34 13 10   16 29 29 17 8
12–16 students  15 35 32 12 6   19 31 30 11 8
More than 16 students  16 34 38 10 3   21 32 21 14 12
                       
Number of classroom changes4                       
0–3 changes  24 34 30 8 4   22 34 19 17 8
4–6 changes  16 32 36 10 6   19 33 28 11 9
More than 6 changes  14 32 32 14 8   18 29 28 17 9
                       
Regular use of law enforcement5                       
Regular use  15 35 36 12 3   19 33 28 11 10
No regular use  16 27 29 12 17   18 25 27 22 8
                       
Number of serious
discipline problems6 
                     
No problems  13 28 36 14 8   16 30 28 17 8
1 problem  15 39 35 7 4   26 28 26 11 9
2 problems  18 41 28 10 4   18 36 26 9 11
3 or more problems  23 39 26 8 5   21 31 24 10 14
                       
Transfers as a percentage
of enrollment7 
                     
0 to 6 percent  12 24 38 16 9   18 25 30 18 8
6 to 11 percent  12 31 37 10 10   14 32 30 17 8
11 to 21 percent  16 30 34 14 6   20 31 26 13 10
21 percent or more  20 45 27 6 3   22 35 24 10 10
                       
Prevalence of schoolwide
disruptions8 
                     
No disruptions  15 32 34 13 6   18 30 27 16 9
Any disruptions  18 35 33 7 8   20 34 31 5 10
                       
Percent of students
absent on a daily basis 
                     
0–2 percent  1 37 44 13 5   20 24 27 24 5
3–5 percent  15 27 34 15 9   15 27 33 16 9
6–10 percent  15 35 33 11 6   20 32 24 14 11
More than 10 percent  22 38 31 6 3   23 44 23 6 5
                       
Prevalence of violent incidents9                       
No violent incidents  6 14 51 20 8   11 22 24 37 6
Any violent incidents  16 33 33 11 7   19 31 27 13 9
# Rounds to zero.
1 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."
2 These estimates exclude data from Tennessee because schools in this state did not report estimates of student race.
3 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.
4 Respondents were asked, "How many classroom changes do most students make in a typical day?" Responses exclude morning arrival and afternoon departure.
5 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?"
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to 100 percent 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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