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ERIC Number: ED498357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
Public School Practices for Violence Prevention and Reduction: 2003-04. Issue Brief. NCES 2007-010
Jekielek, Susan; Brown, Brett; Marin, Pilar; Lippman, Laura
National Center for Education Statistics
School violence can lead to a disruptive and threatening environment, physical injury, and emotional stress, all of which can be obstacles to student achievement. Educators have responded to the perceived threat of school violence by implementing programs designed to prevent, deter, and respond to the potential for violence in schools. In addition, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 emphasizes the importance of safe learning environments by requiring schools to have a safety plan in place and to fund programs and practices intended to prevent and reduce violence in schools. The needs and capabilities of schools may differ; thus, schools implement a variety of practices intended to prevent and reduce violence. This study: (1) examines principals' reports of the prevalence of formal practices in public schools designed to prevent or reduce school violence; and (2) describes the distribution of these practices by selected school characteristics. The analysis is based on school-level data reported by principals participating in the school year 2003-2004 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), and complements the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report "Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2006", which reported on the safety and security measures taken by schools in school year 2003-2004. In addition to including updated estimates, this study examines (1) efforts to involve parents in preventing and reducing violence; (2) safety and security procedures; and (3) allowable disciplinary policies. In addition to reporting the data by standard school characteristics, the study presents results by principals' self-reports of community crime. The study found that schools implemented a variety of school violence prevention and reduction practices and that some practices were more commonly used than others. In addition, practices differed by school level and other selected school characteristics. Schools in rural areas showed different patterns of practices than those in urban areas. (Contains 6 endnotes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
IES Funded: Yes