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Table 20.  Percentage distribution of public high schools reporting selected percentages of students with a parent or guardian who attended an open house or back-to-school night or regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences, by selected school characteristics: School year 2005–06
  Percent of students with a parent or guardian who attended an open house or back-to-school night   Percent of students with a parent or guardian who attended regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences
School characteristic  0–25 percent   26–50 percent   51–75 percent   76–100 percent   School does not offer     0–25 percent   26–50 percent   51–75 percent   76–100 percent   School does not offer  
All public schools  15   33   30   14   8     19   28   30   16   7  
                                           
Enrollment size                                           
Less than 300  21   19   23   20   18     18   21   30   29    
300–499  15   28   37   9 ! 10 !   17   29   34   15   6 !
500–999  13   37   29   15   7     17   36   27   13   7  
1,000 or more  13   40   31   14   3     22   27   29   12   10  
                                           
Urbanicity                                           
City  20   32   34   11       25   25   30   12   8  
Urban fringe  11   36   33   17   4 !   16   29   28   16   11  
Town  12 ! 42   20   8 ! 18     20   30   39   7 ! 4 !
Rural  16   29   29   17   10     18   29   27   21   4  
                                           
Crime level where
students live1 
                                         
High  35   29   24     #     38   21 ! 27 ! 14 ! #  
Moderate  16   43   29   7 ! 5 !   23   30   30   10 ! 6 !
Low  11   31   30   18   10     15   27   31   19   8  
Mixed  19   34   36   9 !     24   34   25   9   8  
                                           
Percent minority
enrollment2 
                                         
Less than 5 percent  13   30   26   16   16     14   31   31   19   5 !
5 to less than 20 percent  11   33   29   19   8     16   27   29   17   11  
20 to less than 50 percent  12   34   38   13   4 !   16   33   27   17   7  
50 percent or more  24   36   28   10       28   23   32   12   6  
                                           
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch 
                                         
0–20 percent  8   27   34   22   10     11   28   31   18   12  
21–50 percent  14   40   26   12   8     19   31   28   16   7  
More than 50 percent  23   31   32   9   5 !   29   25   31   13    
                                           
Percent of students
below 15th percentile on
standardized tests 
                                         
0–5 percent  14   25   33   19   9     14   25   28   25   8  
6–15 percent  12   38   28   14   8     17   32   31   12   8  
More than 15 percent  20   36   29   10   5 !   29   26   29   11   4  
                                           
Percent of students likely
to attend college 
                                         
0–35 percent  28   37   27   4 ! 3 !   37   34   24      
36–60 percent  15   38   29   10   8     20   29   30   17   5  
More than 60 percent  10   29   32   20   9     13   26   31   20   10  
                                           
Percent of students who consider
academic achievement important 
                                         
0–25 percent  35   30   24 ! 10 !     44   20   28     #  
26–50 percent  20   39   29   4 ! 8     26   32   28   7   7 !
51–75 percent  11   43   25   10   11     18   32   33   13   3 !
More than 75 percent  10   24   36   24   6     11   25   28   24   12  
                                           
Percent male enrollment                                           
0–44 percent  26   33   19   17 !     14 ! 28   34   16 !  
45–55 percent  14   34   32   14   7     20   29   28   15   7  
More than 55 percent  16 ! 29   22   18   14 !   11 ! 25   38   20 !  
                                           
Student-to-FTE ratio3                                           
Less than 12 students  15   26   33   17   9     19   25   30   20   6  
12–16 students  13   41   25   14   7     17   34   30   11   8  
More than 16 students  17   37   32   10   5 !   22   25   28   16   8  
                                           
Number of classroom changes4                                           
0–3 changes  16 ! 29   26   14 !     16 ! 35   14 ! 14 ! 20 !
4–6 changes  15   33   34   12   6     20   26   33   16   5  
More than 6 changes  14   35   26   17   8     19   30   28   16   8  
                                           
Regular use of law enforcement5                                           
Regular use  14   35   32   14   6     19   29   31   13   8  
No regular use  17   28   25   17   14     19   25   26   24   5  
                                           
Number of serious
discipline problems6 
                                         
No problems  14   31   31   17   8     16   28   29   19   8  
1 problem  13   44   23   13   8 !   21   31   28   11   8  
2 problems  15   40   29   9 ! 6 !   23   26   31   14   6 !
3 or more problems  19   28   34   9   9 !   26   30   30   10 ! 4 !
                                           
Transfers as a percentage
of enrollment7 
                                         
Less than 6 percent  4 ! 28   29   25   14     9   27   32   21   11  
6 to less than 11 percent  15   32   35   13   5 !   15   30   30   20   4 !
11 to less than 21 percent  14   37   30   10   8     22   27   30   15   7  
21 percent or more  22   35   27   12   5 !   27   29   28   10   6  
                                           
Prevalence of schoolwide
disruptions8 
                                         
No disruptions  14   33   30   15   8     18   28   30   17   7  
Any disruptions  18   36   32   9   5 !   25   30   30   8   7  
                                           
Percent of students
absent on a daily basis 
                                         
0–2 percent    13 ! 32 ! 34 !       20 ! 34 ! 38 !  
3–5 percent  13   32   27   18   10     17   26   28   19   9  
6–10 percent  12   37   32   12   7     20   31   29   14   6  
More than 10 percent  30   32   30   5 !     30   26   36     3 !
                                           
Prevalence of violent incidents9                                           
No violent incidents      34 ! 27 !       20 ! 29 ! 40    
Any violent incidents  14   35   30   14   7     20   29   30   15   7  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is from 30 percent to 50 percent of the estimate’s value.
‡ Reporting standards not met. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
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 Responding schools that did not have race/ethnicity on the sampling frame (2 percent of schools) are excluded from the base.
3 Student-to-FTE 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 2005–2006 school year, did you have any sworn law enforcement officers, security guards, or security personnel present at your school at least once a week?"
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 or attempted 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 totals because of rounding. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. High 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 (NCES), 2005–06 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2006.


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