The Safety of America's Schools: Data From the 2000 School Survey of Crime and Safety

Amanda Miller, Education Statistics Services Institute
Jill Fleury, Education Statistics Services Institute

The 2000 School Survey on Crime and Safety is a cross-sectional survey of 3,000 school administrators from public elementary and secondary schools across the country. Data from this survey will be presented that cover several topics. Examples of these topics include the frequency of and types of incidents; disciplinary actions for specified incidents; perceptions of disciplinary problems, such as bullying, verbal abuse and disorder; and, descriptions of school policies and programs designed to prevent or reduce school crime and violence that involve students, parents and teachers. This paper will show that this data provides a rich source of information for anyone interested in national estimates regarding school safety from the perspective of school principals and administratiors. The data will be analyzed within and between instructional level by focusing on the different experiences in elementary, middle and secondary schools. Within instructional, the data will be analyzed in order to isolate the school and community characteristics that effect numbers of incidents. Limitations of the data will be discussed as well as areas for future investigation.

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Updated 05/20/2006