Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2018

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics released, Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2018, a report providing the most recent data available on school crime and student safety.

From the report: Establishing reliable indicators of the current state of school crime and safety across the nation and regularly updating and monitoring these indicators are important in ensuring the safety of our nation’s students. This is the aim of Indicators of School Crime and Safety.

This report is the 21st in a series of annual publications produced jointly by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences (IES), in the U.S. Department of Education, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in the U.S. Department of Justice. This report presents the most recent data available on school crime and student safety. The indicators in this report are based on information drawn from a variety of data sources, including national surveys of students, teachers, principals, and postsecondary institutions.

The most recent data collection for each indicator varied by survey, from 2015 to 2017. Each data source has an independent sample design, data collection method, and questionnaire design, or is the result of a universe data collection.

This report covers topics such as victimization, teacher injury, bullying and electronic bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at postsecondary institutions. Indicators of crime and safety are compared across different population subgroups and over time. Data on crimes that occur away from school are offered as a point of comparison where available.

Read the full report.