ERIC Number: ED406736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Safe Schools: Presenting the Results of the 1995-96 California Safe Schools Assessment.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.; Butte County Office of Education, Oroville, CA.
The school's responsibility is to provide an effective learning environment for students to achieve academic success. The California Safe Schools Assessment (CSSA) collects data on individual incidents of school crime from all California public schools and county-operated education programs. The California Department of Education strongly discourages comparisons between or among school districts and county offices of education (COE's). This handbook presents data on school incidents reported during 1995-96 from the four major crime categories--property crimes, crimes against persons, drug and alcohol offenses, and other. Some of the highlights include the following: (1) Property crimes were the most common crimes affecting California schools, representing 34 percent of all crimes reported and an incident rate of 4.9 per 1,000 students; (2) vandalism was the most commonly reported incident in the property-crimes category with an incident rate of 1.7 per 1,000 students; (3) crimes against persons represented 28 percent of all reported crimes with an incident rate of 4.1 per 1,000 students; (4) drug and alcohol offenses represented 26 percent of all reported crimes with an incident rate of 3.8 per 1,000 students; (5) of the reported crimes against persons, 89 percent of the incidents involved no weapon; and (6) students were most often identified as the victims in the crimes-against-persons category (89 percent). Five recommendations are included. Two tables and five figures are included. Appendices contain copies of the school-crime reporting form and reference guide to crime definitions; information on grant programs for 1996-97 through the California Department of Education Safe Schools and Violence Prevention Office; and data for incident frequencies and crime rates by COE and by county. (LMI)
Descriptors: Crime, Crime Prevention, Elementary Secondary Education, Illegal Drug Use, School Safety, School Security, State Programs, Tables (Data), Vandalism, Violence
Bureau of Publications, Sales Unit, California Dept. of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95812-0271 ($10 plus shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.; Butte County Office of Education, Oroville, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California