2007-08 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS): Survey Documentation for Public-Use Data File Users [open pdf - 2MB]
"The School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) is managed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education. SSOCS collects extensive crime and safety data from principals and administrators of public schools in the United States. Data from this collection can be used to study the relationship of school characteristics with violent and serious violent crimes in American schools and examine what school programs, practices, and policies are used by schools in their efforts to prevent crime. SSOCS has been conducted four times: in school years 1999--2000, 2003--04, 2005--06, and 2007--08. It is being conducted again in school year 2009--10. The 2007--08 SSOCS (SSOCS:2008) was developed by NCES and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Funding for the survey was provided by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools of the U.S. Department of Education. Out of 3,484 primary, middle, high, and combined schools, questionnaire packets were mailed to 3,367 schools. A total of 2,560 public schools submitted usable questionnaires, for a weighted response rate of 77.2 percent. Data were collected from February 25, 2008, through, June 17, 2008."
National Center for Education Statistics: http://www.nces.ed.gov/