contact staff ecs twitter facebook
School SafetySelected Research & Readings
What States Are Doing
Selected Research & Readings
Other Web Sites
 Bullying Prevention/Conflict Resolution
 Emergency Preparedness
 No Child Left Behind--Safe Schools
 Sexual Harassment and Assault
 Special Education
 Uniforms/Dress Codes

School Safety in a Post-Sandy Hook World - A review of school safety after Sandy Hook discusses threats, responses and focuses on reliable best practices. Policy and funding are covered - things to avoid and meaningful ideas to consider at the state level. (Kenneth S. Trump, Education Commission of the States, July 2014)...

Resources for State Leaders Seeking to Improve School Safety PDF - In the wake of the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, governors, legislators, and education leaders from across the country signaled their intentions to pursue legislation and policy to improve school safety. The purpose of this ECS Alert is to provide our constituents with quick access to resources and information on potential policies directly related to school safety. The following report contain descriptions and links, sorted by topic, from ECS and other organizations....

Youth Violence: A Policymakers' Guide PDF - Youth Violence: A Policymakers' Guide: ECS published Youth Violence: A Policymakers' Guide in 1996, but many parts of it remain relevant. In particular, note the Level of Risk Continuum on pages 10-11. Ranging from "Life Threatening Risks" to "Risks Related to Personal and Social Self-Determination," the continuum remains one of the best school audit tools ECS has found. (ECS, 1996)...

The School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System - To reduce the millions of youth suspended, expelled, and arrested each year while creating safe and supportive schools for all educators and students, this lengthy (462-page) report offers a road map to more than 24 policies and 60 evidence-based recommendations. In essence, it calls for an end to expensive and discriminatory Zero Tolerance policies, but shows ways to end those policies while keeping students and school staff safer. (Emily Morgan, et al., Justice Center, the Council of State Governments, July 2014)...

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013 - The 16th in a series of annual publications on school crime and safety reports that from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 there were 31 school-associated violent deaths, 25 homicides and 6 suicides. Between 1992 and 2012 victimization rates for students aged 12-18 generally declined at school and away; in 2012 a greater number of students reported being victimized at school than away. Victimization rates were greater for boys than girls. (Simone Robers et al., NCES and Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2014) ...

Breaking Schools' Rules: A Statewide Study of How School Discipline Relates to Students' Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement - The Council of State Governments' Justice Center and the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University conducted a statewide study of nearly 1 million Texas public secondary school students, followed for at least six years. Among the most startling findings are that the majority of students were suspended or expelled between seventh and twelfth grade. Also found in the study: (1) When students are suspended or expelled, the likelihood that they will repeat a grade, not graduate, and/or become involved in the juvenile justice system increases significantly; (2) African-American students and students with educational disabilities were suspended and expelled at especially high rates. (CSG Justice Center, July 2011)...

A Profile of Criminal Incidents at School: Results From the 2003-05 National Crime Victimization Survey Crime Incident Report - This report provides estimates of criminal incidents that occur at school. Major findings include: 1) During the 2003-05 period, 4,763,000 criminal incidents occurred at school; (2) Over 50% of the violent incidents occurred inside the school building; (3) A greater percentage of both thefts and violent incidents occurred between noon and 3 p.m; and (4) 82% of the incidents at school were not reported to police. (National Center for Education Statistics, May 2010)...

Campus Attacks: Targeted Violence Affecting Institutions of Higher Education - The study explores incidents of targeted violence at institutions of higher education. It finds that targeted college campus violence, from serious assaults to the mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, is up sharply over the last two decades. The number of cases of targeted violence rose from 40 during the 1980s to 79 in the 1990s and 83 since 2000. The report analyzes motivating or triggering factors, gender, subject affiliation, pre-incident behaviors, method of attack and related factors. (Diana Drysdale, William Modzeleski and Andre Simons, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education and Federal Bureau of Investigation, April 2010)...

Teens and Sexting: How and Why Minor Teens are Sending Sexually Suggestive Nude or Nearly Nude Images Via Text Messaging - In a survey of 800 youth ages 12-17 conducted in the summer of 2009, the Pew Center found that 75% of all teens those ages own a cell phone and 66% use text messaging. Some law enforcement officers and district attorneys have begun prosecuting teens who create and share sexual images under laws generally reserved for producers and distributors of child pornography. (Amanda Lenhart, Pew Research Center, December 2009)...

Policing in Schools: Developing A Governance Document for School Resource Officers in K-12 Schools - In 2005, almost 70% of public school students ages 12 to 18 reported that school resource officers (SROs) patrol their hallways. This ACLU White Paper posits that, when these officers are deployed in the schools, they must be provided with the tools necessary to ensure a safe school environment while respecting the rights of students and the overall school climate. (Catherine Kim and India Geronimo, American Civil Liberties Union, August 2009)...

Results of the National Campus Safety and Security Project - The survey indicates four areas of emergency preparedness that may need more attention from colleges and universities: Leadership, communication, building security and mutual aid. (National Campus Safety and Security Project, July 2009)...

Looking for More?

Print Friendly and PDF


Thank you, Issue Site Sponsors

Home  |  About ECS  |  Education Issues A-Z  | Research Studies  |  Reports & Databases  |  State Legislation  |  State Profiles  |  Projects & Institutes  |  Newsroom  |  Website User's Guide

Information provided by ECS combines the best of the most recent and useful research available. Should you have questions, please contact our Information Clearinghouse at 303.299.3675.

700 Broadway, #810 Denver, CO 80203-3442
Phone: 303.299.3600 | Fax: 303.296.8332
©2015 Education Commission of the States |
Read our privacy policy