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Table 228.70. Number and percentage of public school teachers who reported that they were threatened with injury or physically attacked by a student from school during the previous 12 months, by selected teacher characteristics: Selected years, 1993-94 through 2015-16
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year Total Sex Race/ethnicity Instructional level1 
Male Female White Black Hispanic Other2  Elementary Secondary
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  Number of teachers
Threatened with
      injury
                                         
1993-94 326,800 (7,040) 111,200 (3,830) 215,600 (5,380) 281,300 (6,220) 23,400   (1,360) 15,100   (1,770) 6,900   (650) 128,000 (4,450) 198,800 (5,150)
1999-2000 287,400 (7,060) 89,600 (3,680) 197,800 (5,370) 237,100 (5,630) 27,200   (2,170) 16,300   (1,940) 6,700   (840) 138,000 (5,480) 149,300 (4,360)
2003-04 242,100 (7,840) 75,300 (3,640) 166,800 (6,840) 189,800 (6,310) 31,900   (3,120) 11,800   (1,760) 8,600   (1,170) 108,800 (6,990) 133,300 (4,970)
2007-08 276,600 (10,570) 85,200 (5,800) 191,500 (8,220) 223,200 (8,760) 27,600   (3,000) 17,400   (3,230) 8,400   (1,580) 123,800 (7,670) 152,800 (7,090)
2011-12 338,400 (17,290) 79,800 (5,400) 258,600 (15,480) 266,800 (13,430) 33,400   (4,400) 26,600   (4,660) 11,600   (2,200) 184,000 (13,400) 154,400 (7,750)
2015-16 373,900 (9,470) 94,100 (4,540) 279,800 (7,500) 298,500 (8,880) 29,800   (2,160) 28,600   (2,080) 17,100   (1,610) 205,100 (7,240) 168,900 (6,510)
                                           
Physically
      attacked
                                         
1993-94 112,400 (3,730) 28,700 (1,780) 83,700 (3,710) 96,300 (3,720) 7,600   (860) 5,900   (1,270) 2,600   (430) 71,600 (3,120) 40,700 (1,850)
1999-2000 125,000 (4,630) 29,100 (2,010) 95,900 (4,230) 103,100 (3,590) 11,000   (1,550) 8,400   (1,640) 2,500   (450) 94,400 (4,180) 30,600 (2,240)
2003-04 121,400 (7,180) 21,700 (2,420) 99,700 (6,100) 95,500 (5,450) 14,800   (2,320) 6,400   (1,820) 4,700   (1,050) 85,100 (6,380) 36,300 (3,310)
2007-08 146,400 (8,200) 33,400 (4,750) 113,000 (6,250) 124,100 (6,990) 11,600   (2,330) 7,800   (1,990) 2,800 ! (1,230) 109,100 (7,340) 37,300 (3,090)
2011-12 197,400 (11,730) 29,500 (3,310) 167,900 (11,200) 160,700 (10,890) 18,000   (3,590) 11,300   (2,890) 7,400   (1,940) 153,800 (10,100) 43,600 (4,380)
2015-16 220,300 (7,060) 35,100 (2,250) 185,200 (6,160) 177,400 (6,350) 14,600   (1,640) 16,600   (1,580) 11,700   (1,430) 174,700 (6,710) 45,600 (2,580)
  Percent of teachers
Threatened with
      injury
                                         
1993-94 12.8 (0.26) 16.0 (0.44) 11.5 (0.28) 12.7 (0.28) 12.4   (0.64) 13.9   (1.42) 14.5   (1.14) 9.6 (0.35) 16.2 (0.30)
1999-2000 9.6 (0.22) 11.9 (0.44) 8.8 (0.23) 9.4 (0.22) 11.9   (0.91) 9.7   (1.12) 9.1   (1.12) 8.6 (0.34) 10.7 (0.29)
2003-04 7.4 (0.24) 9.3 (0.43) 6.8 (0.28) 7.0 (0.24) 12.4   (1.03) 5.8   (0.90) 9.6   (1.24) 6.3 (0.39) 8.7 (0.29)
2007-08 8.1 (0.30) 10.4 (0.68) 7.4 (0.31) 7.9 (0.30) 11.5   (0.99) 7.3   (1.34) 8.7   (1.54) 7.2 (0.43) 9.1 (0.41)
2011-12 10.0 (0.48) 10.0 (0.56) 10.0 (0.57) 9.6 (0.47) 14.5   (1.84) 10.1   (1.70) 9.9   (1.69) 10.7 (0.76) 9.3 (0.38)
2015-16 9.8 (0.21) 10.5 (0.43) 9.6 (0.22) 9.7 (0.25) 11.7   (0.72) 8.5   (0.58) 10.3   (0.94) 10.7 (0.30) 8.8 (0.26)
                                           
Physically
      attacked
                                         
1993-94 4.4 (0.14) 4.1 (0.24) 4.5 (0.20) 4.3 (0.17) 4.0   (0.43) 5.4   (1.09) 5.4   (0.82) 5.4 (0.22) 3.3 (0.15)
1999-2000 4.2 (0.15) 3.9 (0.25) 4.3 (0.18) 4.1 (0.14) 4.8   (0.63) 5.0   (0.92) 3.4   (0.59) 5.9 (0.26) 2.2 (0.15)
2003-04 3.7 (0.22) 2.7 (0.29) 4.1 (0.25) 3.5 (0.21) 5.8   (0.84) 3.2   (0.93) 5.3   (1.16) 5.0 (0.37) 2.4 (0.21)
2007-08 4.3 (0.24) 4.1 (0.57) 4.4 (0.24) 4.4 (0.25) 4.9   (0.95) 3.3   (0.79) 3.0 ! (1.09) 6.3 (0.44) 2.2 (0.18)
2011-12 5.8 (0.33) 3.7 (0.39) 6.5 (0.41) 5.8 (0.38) 7.8   (1.52) 4.3   (1.05) 6.3   (1.53) 8.9 (0.57) 2.6 (0.24)
2015-16 5.8 (0.17) 3.9 (0.24) 6.3 (0.19) 5.8 (0.19) 5.7   (0.61) 4.9   (0.45) 7.0   (0.84) 9.2 (0.30) 2.4 (0.13)
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
1 Teachers were classified as elementary or secondary on the basis of the grades they taught, rather than the level of the school in which they taught. In general, elementary teachers include those teaching prekindergarten through grade 6 and those teaching multiple grades, with a preponderance of the grades taught being kindergarten through grade 6. In general, secondary teachers include those teaching any of grades 7 through 12 and those teaching multiple grades, with a preponderance of the grades taught being grades 7 through 12 and usually with no grade taught being lower than grade 5.
2 Includes American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, and Pacific Islander; for 2003-04 and later years, also includes Two or more races.
NOTE: Teachers who taught only prekindergarten students are excluded. Includes teachers in both traditional public schools and public charter schools. Instructional level divides teachers into elementary or secondary based on a combination of the grades taught, main teaching assignment, and the structure of the teachers' class(es). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 1993-94, 1999-2000, 2003-04, 2007-08, and 2011-12; "Charter School Teacher Data File," 1999-2000; and National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2015-16. (This table was prepared August 2017.)

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