NCES Releases 2015-2016 Report: Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2015–16. This First Look report presents findings from the 2015–16 School Survey on Crime and Safety data collection.
Some of the key findings for the 2015-2016 school year are as follows:
- During the 2015–16 school year, the rate of violent incidents per 1,000 students was higher in middle schools (27 incidents) than in high schools (16 incidents) and primary schools (15 incidents).
- About 39 percent of schools reported at least one student threat of physical attack without a weapon, compared with 9 percent of schools that reported such a threat with a weapon.
- About 25 percent of schools reported at least one incident of the distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs, a higher percentage than that of the distribution, possession, or use of alcohol (13 percent) or prescription drugs (10 percent).
- A higher percentage of middle schools reported that student bullying occurred at school daily or at least once a week (22 percent) than did high schools (15 percent) or primary schools (8 percent).
- Of the schools with a student enrollment size of 1,000 or more during the 2015–16 school year, 27 percent reported cyberbullying among students daily or at least once a week. This percentage is higher than in schools with lower enrollments. For example, 8 percent of schools with enrollments of less than 300 students reported cyberbullying.
More findings are highlighted in the full report, which can be found online.