The new report, Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2017, is the 20th in a series of annual publications produced jointly by the National Center for Education Statistics, in the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the U.S. Department of Justice.
The report presents statistics on crime and safety at schools and on college campuses, drawing upon an array of data collected from students, teachers, principals, and postsecondary institutions. It covers topics such as victimization, school conditions, discipline problems, disciplinary actions, safety and security measures at school, and criminal incidents at postsecondary institutions. This year's report also includes topics related to security staff at public elementary and secondary schools, teacher training on school safety and discipline, and an examination of the school environment from an international perspective.
The report shows that the percentage of public schools reporting the presence of security staff at least once a week was higher during the 2015–16 school year (57%) than during the 2005–06 school year (42%). During school year 2015–16, a higher percentage of secondary schools than of primary schools reported having security staff present at school at least once a week (72 vs. 45 percent).
The new report also shows that the percentage of public school teachers reporting that they had been physically attacked by a student from their school in 2015–16 (6 percent) was higher than in all previous survey years (around 4 percent in each survey year) except in 2011–12, when the percentage was not measurably different from that in 2015–16.
Other key findings include:
Crime and Discipline Incidents