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AH-10 Reduce the proportion of public schools with a serious violent incident

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS); Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (ED/NCES)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
No
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
17.2 (2007–08)
Target: 
15.5
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of public schools in the United States that record a serious violent incident during a school year

Denominator: 

Number of public schools in the United States

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2007-08 School Survey on Crime and Safety:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    Please record the number of incidents that occurred at school during the 2007-08 school year for the offenses listed below:

    Total number of recorded incidents

    1. Rape or attempted rape
    2. Sexual battery other than rape (include threatened rape)
    3. Robbery (taking things by force): i. With a weapon
    4. Robbery (taking things by force): ii. Without a weapon
    5. Physical attack or fight: i. With a weapon
    6. Threats of physical attack: i. With a weapon
Data Collection Frequency: 
Biennial
Methodology Notes: 

    A serious violent incident is defined as a report of any of the following offenses: Rape or attempted rape; sexual battery other than rape (including threatened rape); robbery either with or without a weapon; physical attack or fight with a weapon; threat of a physical attack with a weapon.

    Data for primary schools include schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 8. Data for middle schools include schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. Data for high schools include schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 9 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 12. Data for combined schools include all combinations of grades, including K–12 schools other than primary, middle, and high schools.

    Data for "city" include territories inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city and include large cities (populations of 250,000 or more), midsize cities (population less than 250,000 and greater than or equal to 100,000) and small cities (population less than 100,000). Data for "suburb" include territories outside a principal city and inside an urbanized area and include large suburbs (populations of 250,000 or more), midsize suburbs (population less than 250,000 and greater than or equal to 100,000) and small suburbs (population less than 100,000). Data for "town" include fringe towns (territories inside an urban cluster that are less than or equal to 10 miles from an urbanized area), distant towns (territories inside an urban cluster that are more than 10 miles and less than or equal to 35 miles from an urbanized area), and remote towns (territories inside an urban cluster that are more than 35 miles from an urbanized area). Data for "rural" include fringe rural areas (Census-defined rural territory that is less than or equal to 5 miles from an urbanized area, as well as rural territory that is less than or equal to 2.5 miles from an urban cluster), distant rural areas (Census-defined rural territory that is more than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area, as well as rural territory that is more than 2.5 miles but less than 10 miles from an urban cluster), and remote rural areas (Census-defined rural territory that are more than 25 miles from an urbanized 10 miles from an urban cluster).

    Percent minority enrollment is the percent combined enrollment of Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.

References

Additional resources about the objective

  1. Dinkes, R., Kemp, J., and Baum, K. (2009). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009 (NCES 2010–012/
    NCJ 228478). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, and Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Washington, DC.

  2. National Center for Education Statistics: School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS)

  3. Robers, S., Kemp, J., and Truman, J. (2013). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012 (NCES 2013-036/NCJ 241446). National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, and Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Washington, DC

  4. SCHOOL SURVEY ON CRIME AND SAFEY: 2007–08 SCHOOL YEAR PRINCIPAL QUESTIONNAIRE