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ERIC Number: ED539427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 134
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Annual Report: Discipline, Crime, and Violence, School Year 2010-2011
Virginia Department of Education
The "Code of Virginia" (Section 22.1-279.3:1) requires school divisions statewide to submit data to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) on incidents of discipline, crime, and violence (DCV). School divisions began reporting such data in 1991. This annual report focuses primarily on DCV data submitted for school year 2010-2011, with selected comparisons to prior years. DCV data are used also to complete federal reports required by the "Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994" ("GFSA," Sec. 14061) and the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" ("IDEA"). "GFSA" requires annual reporting of the number of students suspended or expelled statewide for possessing or bringing firearms on school property; "IDEA" contains requirements for reporting disciplinary actions involving students with disabilities. This report is organized into six major sections: (1) Background; (2) Incidents Reported in 2010-2011; (3) Disciplinary Outcomes; (4) Violations Reported as Part of the "Gun-Free Schools Act" Requirements; (5) Regional Data; and (6) Regional Centers and Programs. Section I provides background information about statutory requirements for reporting discipline, crime, and violence (DCV) data, the reporting process and procedures, how DCV data are used, limitations of the data, and sources of additional related information. Section II focuses on statewide incident data for 2010-2011, with selected comparisons to previous years. Included is an overview of all incidents reported and examinations of incidents against students, incidents against staff, and weapons incidents. Numerous tables and charts provide detailed information on incidents reported. Section III focuses on disciplinary outcomes in 2010-2011. Included are an overview of all disciplinary outcomes and examinations of offenses resulting in short-term suspensions (1-10 days), in long-term suspensions (11-364 days), in expulsions (365 days), and in modified expulsions. Disciplinary outcomes for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-related offenses and for weapons-related offenses are also reported. Section IV focuses on firearm incidents that were reported by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) as part of the Gun-Free Schools Act requirements. Section V reports data for each of Virginia's eight superintendents' regions. For each region, there is a demographic profile and a summary of the most frequently reported offenses. Tables summarizing incidents are also included for each region and for school divisions within each region. Section VI reports data for all regional centers and programs throughout Virginia. There are four categories of centers and/or programs. They are as follows: Governor's Schools, Special Education Centers/Programs, Technical and Career Centers, and Alternative Education Centers/Programs. Appended are: (1) Applicable State and Federal Laws; (2) Offenses Required to be Reported 2010-2011; (3) Offense Codes Used to Identify Persistently Dangerous Schools, 2010-2011; (4) Superintendent's Memos COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA; (5) Cross walk for offense code extractions 2010-2011; (6) All Incidents for All Regions by Offense Codes; and (7) Related Documents and Information Resources. (Contains 31 tables and 15 footnotes.) [For "Annual Report: Discipline, Crime, and Violence, School Year 2009-2010," see ED539424.]
Virginia Department of Education. P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120. Tel: 800-292-3820; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Gun Free Schools Act 1994; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act