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Students' Report of School Crime: 1989 and 1995


Altogether, four federal statistical agencies contributed to the making of the 1995 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). While the authors represent the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), persons at the Bureau of the Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics also contributed. The authors would like to thank Kathy Creighton and Marilyn Monihan and the headquarters and field staff of the Bureau of the Census for their hard work during the design, data collection, and data cleaning phases of this effort. Also contributing during the design phase was Linda Stinson from the Office of Survey Methods Research at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, who helped test items for the questionnaire.

We are grateful to Paul Planchon, Associate Commissioner of NCES, for encouraging us to pursue this collection and report, and to Dan Kasprzyk, Director of Education Survey Programs at NCES for helping to find the resources necessary to complete the report. In addition, we would like to thank Mary Frase and John Ralph, also from NCES, for their contributions during the design phase.

From BJS, we wish to thank Charles Kindermann, Chief of Crime Measurement, Methodology, and Systems Support, and Patsy Klaus of the Victimization Statistics Branch for their work in planning and fielding the SCS.

Reviewers of the report included Marilyn McMillen, Dan Kasprzyk, Michael Cohen, Mary Frase, John Ralph, and Edie McArthur at NCES and Lawrence Greenfeld, Patsy Klaus, and Tom Hester at BJS. Outside of NCES and BJS, school crime experts who reviewed the report were Paul Kingery of the Hamilton Fish National Institute on School and Community Violence, Barbara Allen-Hagen of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice, and, from other parts of the Department of Education, Ollie Moles of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Bill Modzeleski and Sara Strizzi of the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program, and Joanne Wiggins of the Planning and Evaluation Service. The authors appreciate the thorough reading and thoughtful suggestions provided by these reviewers. Their input substantially improved the publication. Any remaining errors or problems are the sole responsibility of the authors.

Finally, the authors would like to thank Amanda Miller of the Education Statistics Services Institute and Marilyn Marbrook, Chief of Publication and Electronic Dissemination at BJS, for their assistance in preparing this document for publication and dissemination.

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