Violence in U.S. Public Schools: 2000 School Survey on Crime and Safety, Statistical Analysis Report [Revised August 2005] [open pdf - 770KB]
"In the United States, school safety continues to be a priority for educators, policymakers, parents, and the public. Schools are responsible for the effective education of their students, and creating an environment in which students and teachers are safe is an important component of the education process. A safe school is necessary for students to learn and teachers to teach. As a result of highly publicized acts of extreme violence, increased national attention has focused on crime and violence in public schools. Reliable data collection is important in order to understand the extent to which American schools experience crime and violence, and to prevent emerging problems. Because of the need for accurate information on crime, violence, and disorder, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) administered the 2000 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), a survey of public schools in the United States. SSOCS is a nationally representative sample of 2,270 regular public elementary, middle, secondary, and combined public schools. It was designed to provide an overall picture of school crime and safety in the United States by asking school principals about the characteristics of school policies, school violence prevention programs and practices, violent deaths at school and elsewhere, frequency of crime and violence, disciplinary problems and actions, and other school characteristics that have been associated with school crime."
National Center for Education Statistics: http://www.nces.ed.gov/