by Sean Hedden
For the most recent data on school crime, the National Center for Education Statistics (produced jointly with the IES in the U.S. Department of Education, and the BJS in the U.S. Department of Justice) have created Indicators of School Crime and Safety. This data is freely available to educators and advocates of school safety to help find solutions to keeping kids safe.
There is a wealth of information obtained by surveys and data collection nationwide. Some data includes indicators on Violent Deaths, Nonfatal Student and Teacher Victimization, and School Environment, while some focus on fighting, use of weapons, and use of illegal drugs. For educators, evidence presented will help understand what students are afraid of at school along with what discipline and security measures are being practiced in schools nationwide.