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Table 229.30. Percentage of public schools recording violent incidents of crime at school, number of incidents, and rate per 1,000 students, by category of violent incident and selected school characteristics: 2009-10 and 2013-14
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
School characteristic 2009-10 2013-141
Total number of public schools All violent incidents2 Serious violent incidents3 Total number of public schools All violent incidents2 Serious violent incidents3
Percent of schools recording Number of
incidents
Rate per 1,000 students Percent of schools recording Number of
incidents
Rate per 1,000 students Percent of schools recording Number of
incidents
Rate per 1,000 students4 Percent of schools recording Number of
incidents
Rate per 1,000 students4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8   9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Total 82,800 (460) 73.8 (1.07) 1,183,700 (44,390) 25.0 (0.91) 16.4 (0.94) 52,500   (5,510) 1.1   (0.12) 84,100 (840) 65.0 (1.46) 757,000 (48,540) 15.4 (1.04) 13.1   (1.00) 25,700 (2,730) 0.5   (0.06)
                                                                 
School level5                                                                
Primary 48,900 (340) 64.4 (1.63) 482,100 (37,320) 21.3 (1.64) 13.0 (1.42) 21,900   (3,780) 1.0   (0.17) 49,700 (800) 52.8 (2.18) 318,300 (43,530) 13.0 (1.85) 9.2   (1.25) 7,700 (1,250) 0.3   (0.05)
Middle 15,300 (100) 90.5 (1.10) 375,200 (19,310) 40.0 (2.04) 18.9 (1.46) 13,600   (2,360) 1.5   (0.25) 16,100 (250) 87.6 (1.93) 228,700 (15,050) 23.3 (1.58) 18.3   (1.92) 7,600 (1,150) 0.8   (0.12)
High school/combined (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†) 18,400 (330) 78.0 (2.53) 209,900 (15,680) 13.9 (0.98) 19.3   (1.85) 10,400 (1,960) 0.7   (0.13)
High school 12,200 (70) 90.9 (1.21) 264,400 (12,910) 21.4 (1.05) 27.6 (1.35) 13,500   (1,690) 1.1   (0.14) (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†)
Combined 6,400 (200) 73.7 (5.33) 62,000 (7,570) 20.8 (2.21) 15.5 (3.72)   (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†)
                                                                 
Enrollment size                                                                
Less than 300 18,900 (400) 62.8 (3.25) 111,300 (17,230) 27.2 (4.08) 10.4 (2.11) 6,100 ! (2,100) 1.5 ! (0.51) 19,500 (1,540) 54.6 (4.18) 72,200 (15,010) 16.0 (2.74) 11.3   (2.58) (†) 0.8   (0.19)
300-499 25,200 (180) 71.3 (2.34) 274,400 (25,110) 26.5 (2.44) 15.7 (2.14) 14,200   (3,560) 1.4   (0.35) 25,400 (1,250) 60.7 (2.80) 202,700 (38,450) 19.5 (3.80) 10.7   (1.77) 5,000 (1,090) 0.5   (0.10)
500-999 29,800 (100) 76.4 (1.75) 487,900 (35,630) 25.0 (1.78) 15.9 (1.42) 16,400   (2,420) 0.8   (0.12) 30,700 (950) 69.1 (1.98) 316,200 (24,810) 14.9 (1.14) 12.9   (1.57) 11,500 (2,290) 0.5   (0.11)
1,000 or more 8,900 (60) 95.4 (1.22) 310,100 (16,110) 23.2 (1.19) 32.8 (1.61) 15,700   (2,080) 1.2   (0.15) 8,500 (300) 86.4 (2.18) 165,900 (12,860) 12.7 (0.92) 25.3   (2.57) 6,300 (900) 0.5   (0.07)
                                                                 
Locale                                                                
City 21,500 (190) 74.9 (2.12) 396,300 (27,430) 28.8 (2.11) 21.7 (2.12) 17,400   (2,830) 1.3   (0.21) 21,100 (570) 68.0 (2.96) 300,200 (39,830) 20.7 (2.87) 17.5   (2.30) 10,100 (2,010) 0.7   (0.15)
Suburban 23,800 (240) 73.5 (2.21) 371,000 (33,010) 22.4 (1.92) 15.5 (1.80) 16,200   (3,070) 1.0   (0.18) 23,500 (630) 60.4 (3.13) 192,100 (20,140) 11.9 (1.23) 11.2   (1.62) 6,000 (1,010) 0.4   (0.06)
Town 12,100 (110) 80.3 (3.14) 166,300 (21,190) 28.2 (3.36) 15.6 (2.33) 6,300   (1,390) 1.1   (0.23) 10,800 (750) 76.4 (3.51) 103,100 (12,540) 18.3 (2.01) 17.4   (3.46) 4,400 (1,040) 0.8   (0.18)
Rural 25,300 (300) 70.2 (1.91) 250,100 (15,910) 22.5 (1.49) 13.2 (1.51) 12,600   (2,920) 1.1   (0.26) 28,600 (1,030) 62.2 (3.21) 161,700 (16,780) 12.4 (1.23) 9.9   (1.51) 5,200 (840) 0.4   (0.07)
                                                                 
Percent combined enrollment
      of Black, Hispanic,
      Asian/Pacific Islander,
      and American Indian/
      Alaska Native students
                                                               
Less than 5 percent 11,700 (980) 69.6 (3.33) 108,500 (20,340) 23.3 (3.62) 12.6 (2.52) 5,400 ! (2,090) 1.2 ! (0.44) 7,300 (920) 59.7 (5.75) 30,500 (4,910) 11.6 (1.37) 5.7 ! (2.37) (†) 0.2 ! (0.09)
5 percent to less than
      20 percent
20,900 (1,080) 67.9 (2.82) 192,800 (15,450) 17.2 (1.19) 9.9 (1.29) 6,500   (1,490) 0.6   (0.13) 22,800 (1,130) 62.1 (3.55) 111,600 (10,320) 10.3 (0.93) 10.2   (1.80) 5,400 (1,080) 0.5   (0.10)
20 percent to less than
      50 percent
20,000 (650) 75.9 (2.14) 293,600 (20,960) 23.1 (1.76) 18.6 (1.58) 15,100   (3,000) 1.2   (0.23) 22,700 (1,290) 62.1 (2.81) 173,500 (15,540) 11.9 (1.01) 14.9   (2.06) 6,800 (1,020) 0.5   (0.07)
50 percent or more 30,100 (1,270) 78.2 (1.75) 588,800 (43,670) 31.4 (1.96) 21.1 (1.82) 25,400   (4,360) 1.4   (0.23) 31,300 (1,120) 70.4 (2.29) 441,400 (44,490) 20.9 (2.13) 15.7   (1.62) 13,000 (2,170) 0.6   (0.11)
                                                                 
Percent of students
      eligible for free or
      reduced-price lunch4
                                                               
0-25 17,100 (690) 62.6 (3.07) 141,700 (11,440) 11.9 (0.82) 10.5 (1.22) 6,700   (1,400) 0.6   (0.11) 15,100 (1,090) 50.8 (3.79) 62,400 (9,970) 6.1 (0.93) 10.3   (2.01) 3,200 (680) 0.3   (0.06)
26-50 22,700 (1,050) 76.0 (2.13) 290,500 (20,440) 22.1 (1.48) 16.2 (1.89) 12,500   (1,970) 1.0   (0.16) 22,900 (1,290) 66.9 (2.82) 141,200 (12,280) 10.7 (0.89) 10.9   (1.69) 4,600 (770) 0.4   (0.06)
51-75 23,800 (1,020) 73.8 (2.49) 334,400 (24,050) 27.3 (1.82) 15.8 (1.67) 13,100   (2,840) 1.1   (0.24) 23,200 (1,200) 67.4 (3.00) 219,300 (19,270) 17.2 (1.29) 14.6   (1.88) 8,500 (1,460) 0.7   (0.11)
76-100 19,100 (940) 81.4 (2.49) 417,200 (42,360) 41.3 (3.73) 22.9 (2.60) 20,100   (4,550) 2.0   (0.45) 19,800 (1,100) 71.2 (2.91) 301,800 (43,350) 27.6 (3.94) 16.2   (2.16) 8,700 (1,920) 0.8   (0.18)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Data for 2013-14 were collected using the Fast Response Survey System, while data for 2009-10 were collected using the School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS). The 2013-14 survey was designed to allow comparisons with SSOCS data. However, respondents to the 2013-14 survey could choose either to complete the survey on paper (and mail it back) or to complete the survey online, whereas respondents to SSOCS did not have the option of completing the survey online. The 2013-14 survey also relied on a smaller sample. The smaller sample size and change in survey administration may have impacted 2013-14 results.
2 All violent incidents include serious violent incidents (see footnote 3) as well as physical attack or fight without a weapon and threat of physical attack without a weapon.
3 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.
4 The 2013-14 survey collected neither school enrollment counts nor data on the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. For 2013-14, the rate per 1,000 students was calculated by dividing the number of incidents by the total number of students obtained from the Common Core of Data (CCD). For 2013-14, the classification of schools by the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch was also computed from CCD data.
5 Primary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 8. Middle schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. 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. Combined schools include all other combinations of grades, including K-12 schools. Separate data on high schools and combined schools are not available for 2013-14.
NOTE: Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. "At school" was defined to include activities that happen in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to include incidents that occurred before, during, or after normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2010; Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), "School Safety and Discipline: 2013-14," FRSS 106, 2014; and Common Core of Data (CCD), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey," 2013-14. (This table was prepared September 2015.)

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