Skip Navigation

Table 20.  Percentage distribution of public middle schools reporting selected percentages of students with a parent or guardian who attended an open house or back-to-school night or regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences, by selected school characteristics: School year 2009–10

 
  Percent of students with a parent or guardian who attended an open house or back-to-school night   Percent of students with a parent or guardian who attended regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences
School characteristic 0–25 percent   26–50 percent   51–75 percent   76–100 percent   School does not offer     0–25 percent   26–50 percent   51–75 percent   76–100 percent   School does not offer  
All public middle schools 3.9   17.3   37.7   40.1   1.1 !   8.3   23.1   30.9   33.0   4.7  
                                           
Enrollment size                                          
Less than 300 4.0 ! 15.1   37.8   39.0   4.2 !   6.6 ! 16.2   33.4   41.7    
300–499   20.1   34.1   42.8       6.3 ! 29.8   28.6   31.2   4.1 !
500–999 3.9   16.7   39.7   39.1       9.4   22.2   30.3   32.5   5.6  
1,000 or more 5.7   17.2   36.1   40.5       10.5   24.2   33.9   25.6   5.8  
                                           
Urbanicity                                          
City 7.2   21.7   39.3   31.4       12.4   19.7   29.5   35.7   2.7 !
Suburb 2.5 ! 14.5   40.0   42.7       7.4   23.9   31.8   30.4   6.6  
Town 3.9 ! 19.0   37.0   38.5       7.4 ! 20.8   28.4   39.6   3.8 !
Rural 2.7 ! 15.6   33.9   45.5   2.4 !   6.5   26.6   32.9   29.3   4.7  
                                           
Crime level where students live1                                          
High 10.4 ! 24.1   42.4   23.2       19.7 ! 23.3   28.1   27.2    
Moderate 7.9   23.3   40.3   26.3       10.9   28.7   30.5   28.1   1.8 !
Low 1.9 ! 13.4   36.6   47.4   0.8 !   4.8   21.7   30.4   36.1   6.9  
Mixed   20.7   35.8   39.4       13.1   20.1   34.8   30.6    
                                           
Percent of combined Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native students                                          
Less than 5 percent   14.9   39.0   43.3       6.9 ! 25.3   35.2   29.3    
5 to less than 20 percent   10.7   34.4   51.5   2.0 !   4.9 ! 14.7   34.9   40.0   5.4  
20 to less than 50 percent 3.0 ! 15.3   36.8   43.5       6.6   25.6   25.9   37.0   4.9  
50 percent or more 6.8   24.6   40.3   27.8       12.6   26.6   30.2   26.1   4.5  
                                           
Percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch                                          
0–20 percent   5.4 ! 34.0   60.6       4.2 ! 15.5   31.6   41.0   7.7  
21–50 percent 2.1 ! 14.0   39.6   42.8   1.5 !   4.2   21.4   34.1   35.5   4.8  
More than 50 percent 6.7   24.1   37.6   30.4       12.9   27.2   28.3   28.2   3.5  
                                           
Percent of students below 15th percentile on standardized tests                                          
0–5 percent 1.1 ! 16.6   34.7   47.0       6.4   21.3   31.9   34.7   5.6  
6–15 percent 3.7   16.6   39.1   39.1   1.6 !   8.5   21.8   30.4   35.1   4.3  
More than 15 percent 8.3   19.3   39.6   31.6       10.7   27.7   30.4   27.3   3.9 !
                                           
Percent of students likely to attend college                                          
0–35 percent 4.1 ! 28.1   40.2   26.7       10.7   31.3   28.1   26.6   3.3 !
36–60 percent 7.5   17.6   39.1   34.3       12.0   25.2   30.7   27.4   4.6  
More than 60 percent 1.4 ! 12.3   35.6   49.7       4.8   18.1   32.3   39.5   5.3  
                                           
Percent of students who consider academic achievement important                                          
0–25 percent 10.8 ! 26.5   47.1   15.5 !     22.2   23.5   29.3   17.7 !  
26–50 percent 4.6 ! 28.7   37.1   27.6       13.3   30.9   26.9   25.5   3.4 !
51–75 percent 3.6 ! 15.1   44.8   34.9       6.5   27.2   34.1   27.2   5.0  
More than 75 percent 2.9   12.7   31.7   52.3       5.6   16.7   30.7   42.3   4.7  
                                           
Percent male enrollment                                          
0–44 percent   15.2   33.6   48.7         20.0   36.1   36.7    
45–55 percent 3.7   17.7   38.7   38.5   1.3 !   8.4   23.9   30.9   31.7   5.1  
More than 55 percent   14.5 ! 29.8   47.7       10.7 ! 16.9   23.8   43.7    
                                           
Student-to-FTE ratio2                                          
Less than 12 students 5.7 ! 15.9   43.3   33.7       12.4   22.9   31.4   28.3   5.0 !
12–16 students 3.2   20.6   34.7   40.3       9.1   24.1   30.8   32.6   3.5 !
More than 16 students 3.9   14.6   38.6   42.0       6.2   22.2   30.9   35.0   5.7  
                                           
Number of classroom changes3                                          
0–3 changes     24.3 ! 61.8           18.5 ! 65.9    
4–6 changes 5.5   16.8   36.0   40.7       10.2   21.5   28.8   35.2   4.2  
More than 6 changes 2.8 ! 18.0   39.3   38.7   1.2 !   7.6   24.4   32.8   30.1   5.2  
                                           
Regular use of law enforcement4                                          
Regular use 4.2   18.9   39.4   37.1       9.5   25.0   31.2   29.7   4.6  
No regular use 3.4 ! 14.1   34.3   46.1   2.2 !   6.0   19.2   30.3   39.5   4.9  
                                           
Number of serious discipline problems5                                          
No problems 3.8   14.9   34.9   45.0   1.4 !   7.0   21.1   31.4   35.7   4.7  
1 problem 2.7 ! 17.5   42.8   35.9       9.0   28.8   27.9   31.2   3.1 !
2 problems   17.6 ! 39.7   39.0       12.3   21.9   25.6   30.5   9.7 !
3 or more problems 7.8 ! 29.1   38.6   24.5       10.3 ! 20.8   40.2   25.0   3.7 !
                                           
Transfers as a percentage of enrollment6                                          
Less than 6 percent   8.6   29.5   58.1       3.6 ! 15.6   29.1   46.5   5.1  
6 to less than 11 percent   18.3   43.2   35.0       7.2   23.8   32.7   32.2   4.1 !
11 to less than 21 percent 4.4 ! 20.3   37.8   35.9       9.0   25.7   30.5   28.3   6.5  
21 percent or more 6.2   21.0   40.3   32.4       13.6   26.4   31.5   26.4   2.0 !
                                           
Prevalence of schoolwide
disruptions7
                                         
No disruptions 3.8   16.4   37.9   40.8   1.2 !   8.3   23.1   31.5   32.5   4.6  
Any disruptions 5.8 ! 30.1   34.2   29.9         22.5   21.8 ! 40.5   6.0 !
                                           
Percent of students absent on a daily basis                                           
0–2 percent   13.0 ! 25.0   56.7         16.4 ! 25.0   47.7   10.9 !
3–5 percent 2.4 ! 13.1   38.7   44.9       7.3   21.5   30.9   34.4   6.0  
6–10 percent 6.5   26.4   37.2   29.2       10.5   28.3   31.7   28.0    
More than 10 percent   15.6 ! 40.2   30.3       19.4 ! 13.8 ! 33.7   33.1    
                                           
Prevalence of violent incidents8                                          
No violent incidents   4.4 ! 38.8   56.8         12.5 ! 29.0   48.2   7.0 !
Any violent incidents 4.3   18.6   37.5   38.3   1.2 !   8.8   24.2   31.1   31.4   4.4  
!Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is from 30 percent to 50 percent of the estimate’s value.
‡Reporting standards not met. The standard error represents more than 50 percent of the estimate.
1Respondents were asked, "How would you describe the crime level in the area(s) in which your students live?" Response options included "high level of crime," "moderate level of crime," "low level of crime," and "students come from areas with very different levels of crime."
2Student-to-FTE ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school by the total number of full-time-equivalent teachers and aides. The total number of full-time-equivalent teachers and aides is a combination of the full-time and part-time teachers and aides, including special education teachers and aides, with an adjustment to compensate for the part-time status.
3Respondents were asked, "How many classroom changes do most students make in a typical day?" Responses exclude morning arrival and afternoon departure.
4Respondents were asked, "During the 2009–10 school year, did you have any security guards, security personnel, or sworn law enforcement officers present at your school at least once a week?"
5Serious discipline problems include student racial/ethnic tensions, student bullying, student sexual harassment of other students, student verbal abuse of teachers, widespread disorder in classrooms, student acts of disrespect for teachers other than verbal abuse, gang activities, and cult or extremist group activities. If a respondent reported that any of these problems occurred daily or weekly in their school, each was counted once in the total number of serious discipline problems.
6Transfers as a percentage of enrollment combines the number of students who were transferred to a school and the number of students who were transferred from a school divided by the total number of students enrolled in the school.
7Schoolwide disruptions include actions that disrupted school activities such as death threats, bomb threats, and chemical, biological, or radiological threats. Respondents were instructed to exclude all fire alarms, including false alarms.
8Violent incidents include rape or attempted rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with or without a weapon, threat of physical attack with or without a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2009–10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS).