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Table 229.60. Percentage distribution of public schools, by number of serious violent incidents of crime at school recorded and reported to the police and selected school characteristics: 2015-16
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
School characteristic Number of serious violent incidents recorded Number of serious violent incidents reported to the police
None 1 incident 2 incidents 3-5 incidents 6-9 incidents 10 or more incidents None 1 incident 2 incidents 3-5 incidents 6-9 incidents 10 or more incidents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Total 84.5 (0.93) 7.6   (0.63) 2.9   (0.44) 2.9   (0.46) 1.1   (0.27) 1.0   (0.21) 90.0 (0.68) 6.1   (0.51) 1.7   (0.30) 1.4   (0.22) 0.4   (0.10) 0.5   (0.12)
                                                                     
School level1                                                                    
Primary 90.8 (1.12) 4.6   (0.85) 1.2 ! (0.51) 2.2 ! (0.67) 0.8 ! (0.39)   (†) 96.8 (0.79) 2.5   (0.65)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Middle 77.1 (1.90) 12.0   (1.42) 3.7   (0.80) 3.9   (0.69) 1.5   (0.44) 1.8   (0.51) 83.1 (1.64) 10.3   (1.30) 3.1   (0.69) 2.2   (0.46) 1.0 ! (0.34)   (†)
High school 69.5 (1.79) 13.6   (1.30) 6.9   (1.07) 5.2   (0.79) 2.4   (0.44) 2.4   (0.48) 73.4 (1.71) 13.5   (1.35) 5.3   (0.87) 4.7   (0.77) 1.4   (0.36) 1.7   (0.40)
Combined 84.1 (3.22) 7.3 ! (2.30) 5.7 ! (2.78)   (†)   (†)   (†) 87.8 (3.18) 8.4 ! (2.84)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                                     
Enrollment size                                                                    
Less than 300 92.7 (2.18) 3.3 ! (1.31) 1.9 ! (0.80)   (†)   (†)   (†) 95.6 (1.24) 3.1 ! (1.22) 1.2 ! (0.55)   (†)   (†)   (†)
300 to 499 87.3 (1.79) 7.1   (1.39) 1.1 ! (0.48) 2.7   (0.77)   (†)   (†) 93.2 (1.23) 4.6   (1.07)   (†) 1.0 ! (0.35)   (†)   (†)
500 to 999 82.9 (1.43) 8.5   (0.88) 3.7   (0.84) 2.9   (0.70) 1.2 ! (0.45) 0.8 ! (0.30) 89.4 (1.10) 6.8   (0.91) 1.5   (0.41) 1.5   (0.43) 0.3 ! (0.14)   (†)
1,000 or more 65.4 (2.49) 14.2   (1.59) 7.1   (1.46) 5.8   (0.97) 2.9   (0.66) 4.5   (0.90) 71.1 (2.22) 13.7   (1.49) 5.0   (0.91) 5.1   (0.95) 2.2   (0.57) 2.9   (0.86)
                                                                     
Locale                                                                    
City 82.6 (1.80) 7.5   (1.04) 3.5   (0.87) 2.7   (0.78) 1.7 ! (0.59) 1.9 ! (0.65) 88.6 (1.38) 6.9   (1.20) 1.7   (0.42) 1.4   (0.29) 0.7   (0.19) 0.7 ! (0.30)
Suburban 87.2 (1.26) 5.9   (0.75) 2.6   (0.60) 2.6   (0.59) 0.7   (0.20) 1.0 ! (0.31) 91.3 (1.01) 4.9   (0.84) 1.4   (0.35) 1.1   (0.24) 0.5 ! (0.18) 0.7 ! (0.30)
Town 79.8 (3.52) 10.4   (2.40) 3.7 ! (1.56) 3.6 ! (1.16)   (†)   (†) 87.3 (2.66) 7.5   (1.99) 2.6 ! (1.19) 2.5 ! (0.90)   (†)   (†)
Rural 85.4 (1.93) 8.2   (1.29) 2.2 ! (0.69) 3.3 ! (1.12)   (†)   (†) 91.1 (1.10) 5.9   (1.03) 1.5 ! (0.52) 1.3 ! (0.51)   (†)   (†)
                                                                     
Percent combined enrollment of Black,
      Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander,
      and American Indian/Alaska Native
      students, and students of Two or
      more races
                                                                   
Less than 5 percent 89.0 (2.98) 6.5 ! (2.30)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 93.6 (1.69) 4.8 ! (1.56)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
5 percent to less than 20 percent 85.3 (1.84) 9.0   (1.51) 2.5 ! (0.83) 2.2   (0.64)   (†)   (†) 90.7 (1.17) 6.0   (0.93) 1.6   (0.38) 1.6 ! (0.53)   (†)   (†)
20 percent to less than 50 percent 85.5 (1.92) 7.7   (1.30) 2.5   (0.73) 1.7 ! (0.55) 1.1 ! (0.53) 1.5 ! (0.69) 89.6 (1.54) 6.2   (1.17) 2.1 ! (0.68) 1.2   (0.29) 0.4 ! (0.16)   (†)
50 percent or more 82.7 (1.41) 6.8   (0.81) 3.5   (0.70) 4.4   (0.92) 1.3 ! (0.42) 1.3   (0.26) 89.3 (1.07) 6.2   (0.88) 1.6   (0.36) 1.5   (0.33) 0.6 ! (0.20) 0.8   (0.21)
                                                                     
Percent of students eligible for
      free or reduced-price lunch
                                                                   
0 to 25 percent 88.1 (1.50) 6.8   (1.38) 3.6   (1.02) 0.9 ! (0.28) 0.5 ! (0.21)   (†) 92.5 (1.19) 4.9   (1.09) 1.3 ! (0.41) 1.0   (0.28)   (†)   (†)
26 to 50 percent 84.6 (1.66) 7.4   (1.08) 2.6   (0.73) 3.5   (0.86) 1.2 ! (0.53)   (†) 88.7 (1.15) 7.0   (0.96) 1.5 ! (0.51) 2.1   (0.49) 0.3 ! (0.12)   (†)
51 to 75 percent 83.7 (2.05) 9.7   (1.77) 2.3   (0.61) 2.1   (0.57) 1.5 ! (0.69) 0.7   (0.21) 90.4 (1.32) 5.9   (1.03) 1.7 ! (0.62) 1.0   (0.26) 0.5 ! (0.21) 0.4 ! (0.15)
76 to 100 percent 83.1 (1.90) 6.1   (1.09) 3.4   (0.94) 4.4   (1.11) 0.9 ! (0.42) 2.0 ! (0.71) 89.4 (1.52) 6.1   (1.15) 2.0   (0.57) 1.4 ! (0.46) 0.4 ! (0.17) 0.7 ! (0.29)
                                                                     
Student/teacher ratio2                                                                    
Less than 12 89.4 (2.34) 4.3   (1.05) 2.1 ! (1.04)   (†)   (†)   (†) 92.4 (1.84) 5.0   (1.38) 0.9 ! (0.44)   (†)   (†)   (†)
12 to 16 84.5 (1.80) 8.7   (1.33) 3.2   (0.73) 2.5   (0.74) 0.5 ! (0.21) 0.5 ! (0.25) 90.3 (1.12) 6.3   (0.97) 1.6 ! (0.50) 1.2   (0.35)   (†)   (†)
More than 16 83.3 (1.39) 7.6   (0.93) 2.9   (0.57) 3.1   (0.67) 1.6   (0.47) 1.5   (0.39) 89.2 (0.96) 6.2   (0.66) 1.9   (0.42) 1.6   (0.37) 0.5   (0.15) 0.7 ! (0.20)
†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 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.
2 Student/teacher ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school, as reported on the School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), by the total number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers. Information regarding the total number of FTE teachers was obtained from the Common Core of Data (CCD), the sampling frame for SSOCS.
NOTE: "Serious violent" incidents include rape, sexual assault other than rape, physical attack or fight with a weapon, threat of physical attack with a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon. 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, 2015-16 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2016. (This table was prepared September 2017.)

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