Student Victimization in U.S. Schools: Results from the 2009 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey [open pdf - 5MB]
"This report provides estimates of student criminal victimization as defined by the 2009 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the 2009 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The NCVS is the nation's primary source of information on criminal victimization and the victims of crime in the United States. The SCS is a supplement to the NCVS that was created to collect national-level information about students ages 12 through 18 and school characteristics related to school crime. The first three administrations of the SCS were conducted in 1989, 1995, and 1999; since 1999, it has been conducted biennially. The survey is designed to assist policymakers, as well as researchers and practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels, in making informed decisions concerning crime in schools. Criminal victimizations in this report are categorized as 'serious violent,' 'violent,' or 'theft.' Serious violent victimization includes rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault and is a subset of violent victimization. Violent victimization includes all serious violent victimizations and simple assault. Theft includes attempted and completed purse snatching, completed pick-pocketing, and all attempted and completed thefts, excluding motor vehicle theft. Theft does not include robbery, in which the threat or use of force is involved. Victims of 'any' crime reported at least one of the victimizations above. Nonvictims of any crime reported none of the victimizations above. All findings reported are statistically significant at the .05 level. The test procedure used in this report is Student's t statistic, which tests the difference between two sample estimates. Adjustments for multiple comparisons were not included. Readers should be aware of the limitations of the survey design and the analytical approach used here with regard to causality. Conclusions about causality between school or student characteristics and victimization cannot be made due to the cross-sectional, nonexperimental design of the SCS."
National Center for Education Statistics: http://www.nces.ed.gov/