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Report Finds Crime in Schools on Decline

by Ernie Melcher

A new report recently released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics finds that crime in school continues to decline. The report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources—the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety, the Schools and Staffing Survey, EDFacts, and the Campus Safety and Security Survey.

The report covers topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, the presence of security staff at school, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at postsecondary institutions. Also included in this year’s report are references to publications relevant to each indicator that the reader may want to consult for additional information or analyses.

The report Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015, is available at http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016079.pdf

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