"Supported by Goal Six of the Goals 2000 Act, several Federal programs and initiatives currently are underway to counter and deter crime and violence in schools. In connection with these efforts, Congress passed legislation requiring the National Center for Education Statistics to collect data to determine the frequency, seriousness, and incidence of violence in elementary and secondary schools in the States. The data will be used to evaluate the impact of Federal programs and initiatives designed to prevent violence in schools. ESSI/AIR [Education Statistics Services Institute/American Institutes for Research] presents in this report an overview of the extant national datasets that can be used to satisfy the legislation. We describe the information related to school crime and violence present in the datasets, and, when possible, we provide a brief assessment of the quality of that information. We also identify and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a report to Congress based upon the most recently collected data. Finally, we provide recommendations for developing a survey system designed to collect rigorous and detailed information on crime and violence in schools."
Working Paper No. 97-09
National Forum on Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov