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Table 21.  Percentage distribution of public high schools reporting selected percentages of students with a parent or guardian who attended special subject-area events or volunteered at school or served on a committee, by selected school characteristics: School year 2005–06
  Percent of students with a parent or guardian who attended special subject-area events1     Percent of students with a parent or guardian who volunteered at school or served on a committee  
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  21   30   30   15   4     68   21   5   2 ! 3  
                                           
Enrollment size                                           
Less than 300  15   17   25   27   15     60   20   6 !   8 !
300–499  11 ! 36   35   17       72   17   7 !    
500–999  24   30   31   12   3 !   73   16   6     5 !
1,000 or more  25   33   30   12   1 !   68   26   5     1 !
                                           
Urbanicity                                           
City  29   35   24   10       71   22   3 !    
Urban fringe  22   30   28   16   4 !   67   21   8     3 !
Town  23   25   34   10   8 !   69   16   5 !   6 !
Rural  14   28   35   20   3 !   68   22   5 ! 3 ! 2 !
                                           
Crime level where
    students live2
                                         
High  43   27   21     #     68   23       #  
Moderate  29   29   25   12   5 !   78   15   3 ! #    
Low  14   31   34   18   3     63   24   7   3 ! 3  
Mixed  31   28   25   9   7 !   75   15   4 !    
                                           
Percent minority
    enrollment3 
                                         
Less than 5 percent  14   26   36   22   3 !   65   22   7 !   4 !
5 to less than 20 percent  15   32   34   14   5 !   66   23   4   2 ! 5 !
20 to less than 50 percent  20   29   31   18       68   20   9      
50 percent or more  33   31   21   10   6 !   73   20   3 !    
                                           
Percent of students
    eligible for free
    or reduced-price
    lunch
                                         
0–20 percent  13   30   37   18   2 !   60   27   7     4 !
21–50 percent  21   30   31   15   2 !   70   20   7   2 ! 2 !
More than 50 percent  30   29   20   12   8     76   16   2 !   4 !
                                           
Percent of students
    below 15th per-
    centile on stan-
    dardized tests
                                         
0–5 percent  14   28   34   21   4 !   61   24   8   5 ! 3 !
6–15 percent  22   29   31   14   3 !   69   20   5     4 !
More than 15 percent  28   33   24   10   4 !   76   18   3 !   3 !
                                           
Percent of students
    likely to attend
    college
                                         
0–35 percent  35   27   23   7 ! 8 !   81   13        
36–60 percent  22   29   27   17   4 !   70   20   4     4 !
More than 60 percent  15   31   34   17   2 !   63   24   8   3 ! 3  
                                           
Percent of students
    who consider
    academic achieve-
    ment important
                                         
0–25 percent  38   22   15 ! 13 ! 11 !   76   18 ! #   #    
26–50 percent  27   32   30   7 ! 4 !   76   17   4 !    
51–75 percent  22   34   28   13   4 !   75   16   3     4 !
More than 75 percent  14   27   35   21   2 !   57   28   9   4 ! 2 !
                                           
Percent male enrollment                                           
0–44 percent  15 ! 26   26   26 !     53   36   6 !    
45–55 percent  21   31   31   14   3     70   20   5   2   2  
More than 55 percent  27   21   23   18 ! 10 !   61   19 !     10 !
                                           
Student-to-FTE ratio4                                           
Less than 12 students  17   26   30   21   6     65   21   8   3 ! 3 !
12–16 students  20   37   32   10       72   20   4     3 !
More than 16 students  30   27   28   12   4 !   67   23   3 !   4 !
                                           
Number of class-
    room changes5
                                         
0–3 changes  28   24   22 !   16 !   66   21        
4–6 changes  23   30   29   15   4 !   69   21   5   2 ! 3 !
More than 6 changes  18   30   33   16   3 !   67   21   7   2 ! 3 !
                                           
Regular use of law
    enforcement6
                                         
Regular use  23   29   31   13   3     70   22   4   2 ! 2 !
No regular use  13   31   28   21   7 !   64   18   9 !   6 !
                                           
Number of serious
    discipline pro-
    blems7
                                         
No problems  17   28   33   17   4     65   21   7   3 ! 4  
1 problem  23   29   28   16   4 !   68   26   3 ! #    
2 problems  26   35   28   11 !     79   15   5 ! #    
3 or more problems  30   33   24   9       75   19        
                                           
Transfers as a per-
    centage of enroll-
    ment8
                                         
Less than 6 percent                                           
6 to less than 11 percent  9   32   35   21   2 !   59   23   9   4 ! 4 !
11 to less than 21 percent  15   33   32   19       67   24   5 !   2 !
21 percent or more  28   27   29   11   5 !   74   19   3 !    
  27   28   27   12   6 !   71   18   5     5 !
Prevalence of school-
    wide disruptions9
                                         
No disruptions                                           
Any disruptions  20   29   31   16   4     68   21   6   2 ! 4  
  27   32   28   9 ! 4 !   72   22   5 !    
Percent of students
    absent on a
    daily basis
                                         
0–2 percent    21 ! 23 ! 47       53   31 !     #  
3–5 percent  17   28   36   17   3 !   66   23   7   2 ! 2 !
6–10 percent  21   33   28   14   4 !   70   19   5   2 ! 4  
More than 10 percent  40   27   21         75   17     #    
                                           
Prevalence of violent incidents10                                           
No violent incidents    22 !   30 !     44   30 ! 11 !    
Any violent incidents  21   30   31   14   3     69   20   5   2   3  
# 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 Examples of special subject-area events provided to respondents were science fairs or concerts.
2 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."
3 Responding schools that did not have race/ethnicity on the sampling frame (2 percent of schools) are excluded from the base.
4 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.
5 Respondents were asked, "How many classroom changes do most students make in a typical day?" Responses exclude morning arrival and afternoon departure.
6 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?"
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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: "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. 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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