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Digest of Education Statistics: 2006
Digest of Education Statistics: 2006

NCES 2007-017
July 2007


Table 68. Teachers' perceptions about serious problems in their schools, by control and level of school: 1993–94, 1999–2000, and 2003–04
Problem area Public school teachers Private school teachers
1993–94 total 1999–2000 total 2003–04 1993–94 total 1999–2000 total 2003–04
Total Elementary schools Secondary schools Combined schools Total Elementary schools Secondary schools Combined schools
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
  Percent of teachers indicating item is a serious problem
Student tardiness 10.5 10.2 (0.22) 13.8 (0.30) 9.8 (0.39) 23.1 (0.58) 10.8 (0.96) 2.6 2.9 (0.21) 2.9 (0.40) 2.1 (0.45) 5.0 (0.83) 2.8 (0.85)
Student absenteeism 14.4 13.9 (0.26) 13.2 (0.31) 8.3 (0.37) 23.7 (0.59) 12.9 (1.04) 2.2 2.5 (0.22) 1.9 (0.23) 0.9 (0.17) 4.0 (0.75) 2.2 (0.48)
Teacher absenteeism 1.5 2.2 (0.10) 1.1 (0.08) 0.9 (0.12) 1.7 (0.15) 0.7 (0.16) 0.8 0.8 (0.11) 0.3 (0.09) 0.2 (0.07) 0.5 (0.24) 0.3 (0.15)
Students cutting class 5.1 4.7 (0.12) 5.6 (0.23) 1.5 (0.17) 14.5 (0.59) 4.4 (0.55) 0.7 0.8 (0.12) 0.5 (0.11) 0.2 (0.07) 0.9 (0.36) 0.7 (0.28)
Physical conflicts among students 8.2 4.8 (0.19) (†) (†) (†) (†) 1.5 1.0 (0.18) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                             
Robbery or theft 4.1 2.4 (0.11) (†) (†) (†) (†) 0.8 0.9 (0.11) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Vandalism of school property 6.7 3.4 (0.15) (†) (†) (†) (†) 1.2 0.7 (0.11) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Student pregnancy 7.3 3.7 (0.12) 2.4 (0.12) 0.2 (0.06) 7.0 (0.34) 3.6 (0.49) 0.4 0.4 (0.09) 0.1 (0.05) 0.1 (0.04) 0.3 (0.19) 0.1 (0.05)
Student use of alcohol 9.3 7.4 (0.14) (†) (†) (†) (†) 3.1 3.1 (0.16) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Student drug abuse 5.7 6.0 (0.11) (†) (†) (†) (†) 1.3 1.8 (0.14) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                             
Student possession of weapons 2.8 0.8 (0.06) (†) (†) (†) (†) 0.3 0.3 (0.06) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Verbal abuse of teachers 11.1 (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 2.3 (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Student disrespect for teachers 18.5 17.2 (0.34) (†) (†) (†) (†) 3.4 3.8 (0.31) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Students dropping out 5.8 4.6 (0.11) 3.3 (0.13) 0.3 (0.07) 9.6 (0.41) 4.3 (0.47) 0.6 0.5 (0.10) 0.3 (0.09) 0.2 (0.08) 0.5 (0.26) 0.3 (0.12)
Student apathy 23.6 20.6 (0.30) 16.6 (0.34) 9.9 (0.41) 30.4 (0.56) 19.5 (1.01) 4.5 4.3 (0.29) 3.1 (0.39) 1.4 (0.24) 6.6 (0.95) 3.6 (0.70)
                                             
Lack of parental involvement 27.6 23.7 (0.36) 21.6 (0.43) 19.3 (0.59) 26.3 (0.59) 22.7 (1.17) 4.0 3.4 (0.30) 2.5 (0.37) 1.6 (0.27) 3.6 (0.77) 3.2 (0.69)
Poverty 19.5 19.2 (0.43) 21.4 (0.46) 22.4 (0.65) 19.0 (0.57) 22.7 (1.31) 2.7 2.1 (0.21) 2.2 (0.26) 1.8 (0.31) 3.4 (0.78) 2.2 (0.49)
Students come unprepared to learn 28.8 29.5 (0.36) 26.8 (0.46) 23.7 (0.68) 33.5 (0.69) 26.1 (1.39) 4.1 4.9 (0.36) 3.5 (0.30) 2.1 (0.55) 6.8 (0.99) 3.9 (0.70)
  Percent of teachers indicating item happens daily
Physical conflicts among students (†) 12.1 (0.29) 13.7 (0.43) 9.3 (0.38) 8.2 (0.95) (†) 2.3 (0.33) 2.6 (0.58) 1.0 (0.35) 2.6 (0.64)
Robbery or theft (†) 3.7 (0.17) 2.8 (0.22) 5.9 (0.24) 1.9 (0.40) (†) 0.4 (0.10) # (†) 1.3 (0.40) 0.4 (0.22)
Vandalism of school property (†) 3.6 (0.16) 2.5 (0.21) 6.3 (0.33) 2.7 (0.52) (†) 0.5 (0.11) 0.1 (0.08) 0.8 (0.28) 0.8 (0.24)
Student use of alcohol (†) 3.1 (0.10) 0.3 (0.07) 9.0 (0.28) 3.5 (0.45) (†) 0.7 (0.17) # (†) 3.3 (0.86) 0.5 (0.21)
Student drug abuse (†) 4.5 (0.14) 0.5 (0.11) 13.0 (0.35) 4.4 (0.51) (†) 1.1 (0.26) # (†) 5.2 (1.31) 0.8 (0.36)
                                             
Student possession of weapons (†) 0.5 (0.05) 0.1 (0.05) 1.2 (0.12) 0.3 (0.14) (†) # (†) # (†) # (†) 0.1 (0.05)
Verbal abuse of teachers (†) 11.8 (0.31) 9.3 (0.39) 17.1 (0.50) 12.7 (1.10) (†) 2.4 (0.40) 1.2 (0.29) 4.0 (0.84) 3.3 (0.72)
Student disrespect for teachers (†) 21.6 (0.45) 18.5 (0.61) 28.3 (0.58) 20.9 (1.08) (†) 5.1 (0.37) 3.6 (0.56) 6.3 (1.05) 6.5 (1.12)
Racial tension (†) 2.4 (0.15) 1.8 (0.19) 3.9 (0.22) 1.5 (0.28) (†) 0.4 (0.08) 0.1 (0.06) 0.9 (0.36) 0.6 (0.20)
—Not available.
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
NOTE: Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public Teacher Questionnaire," 1993–94, 1999–2000, and 2003–04; "Private Teacher Questionnaire," 1993–94, 1999–2000, and 2003–04; and "Charter Teacher Questionnaire," 1999–2000. (This table was prepared August 2006.)