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New Schools Data Examine Violent Incidents, Bullying, Drug Possession, 'Restorative' Practices, Security Staff, and More


Most elementary and middle schools ban nonacademic use of cellphones, NCES finds

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- A collection of new data sheds light on the state of school crime and safety, as well as the school environment, in U.S. public schools, including a finding that 76 percent of public schools prohibit non-academic use of cell phones or smartphones during school hours. Also, 90 percent of public schools said they increased social and emotional support for students in response to the coronavirus pandemic in 2021-22, according to the new survey results from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the statistical center within the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

In addition, 67 percent of public schools recorded at least one violent incident in 2021-22. The data also point to a decline in high/secondary schools reporting at least one incident of distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs, at 71 percent, compared with such incidents in 2017-18 (76 percent) and 2019-20 (77 percent).

"These critically important data reveal some of the challenges public schools face in keeping the focus on teaching and learning, such as violence, drug use, and bullying," said NCES Commissioner Peggy G. Carr. "At the same time, we gain insights into ways public schools are stepping up with supports beyond academics, such as the finding that nine in ten public schools increased social and emotional supports for students."

The new data come from NCES's School Survey on Crime and Safety, a nationally representative survey of about 4,800 public elementary and secondary schools. The study was conducted from February 15 to July 19 of 2022.

The report and technical information for the School Survey on Crime and Safety are available online at https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2024043.

Key Findings

School Environment

Bullying and Cyberbullying

Safety and Security Practices at Public Schools

Supports for Students

Technical Note

Statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

All comparisons in this statistical press release have been tested and found to be statistically significant, unless otherwise noted. NCES statistical tests are generally conducted at a 95 percent level of confidence. Consult Appendix A tables of the report for specific standard errors.

Definitions

Restorative Practices. Restorative practices was defined for respondents as a formal mediation process led by a facilitator that brings affected parties of a problem together to explore what happened, reflect on their roles, find a solution, and ultimately restore harmony to individual relationships and the larger community. Examples of student involvement in restorative practices provided for respondents were "peace or conflict circles."

School Resource Officer. School Resource Officer was defined for respondents as career sworn law enforcement officers with arrest authority, who have specialized training and are assigned to work in collaboration with school organizations. Sworn law enforcement officers include School Resource Officers and other sworn law enforcement officers who are not School Resource Officers.

Serious Violent Incidents. Serious violent incidents include rape or attempted rape, sexual assault other than rape (including threatened rape), physical attack or fight with a weapon, threat of physical attack with a weapon, and robbery (taking things by force) with or without a weapon.

Violent Incidents. All violent incidents include serious violent incidents as well as physical attack or fight without a weapon and threat of physical attack without a weapon.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, is the statistical center of the U.S. Department of Education and the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES fulfills a congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition and progress of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.

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The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the independent and nonpartisan statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public.

Contact:
Josh De La Rosa, National Center for Education Statistics, [email protected]
Erik Robelen, Hager Sharp, [email protected]

SOURCE National Center for Education Statistics


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