SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

Acts of Crime or Violence

Schools are required to report to the NC Department of Public Instruction all occurrences of 16 defined criminal acts in school, on a school bus, on school grounds, or during an off-campus school-sponsored activity. The report card provides data on the reported acts, which include the following:

  • Possession of a weapon
  • Possession of controlled substance in violation of law
  • Possession of alcoholic beverage
  • Possession of a firearm or powerful explosive
  • Assault involving use of a weapon
  • Assault on school personnel
  • Assault resulting in serious injury
  • Robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • Taking indecent liberties with a minor
  • Rape
  • Sexual offense
  • Sexual assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Homicide
  • Bomb threat
  • Burning of a school building

Definitions of each reportable act and additional information about school reporting requirements are available on the NC Department of Public Instruction's Website at www.ncpublicschools.org/research/discipline/.

School crime rates are derived by dividing the school's total number of reported acts by the school's final Average Daily Membership (ADM) and then multiplying by 100. District and state rates are calculated in a similar way.

District and state rates are calculated based on schools with similar grade ranges. Six grade level categories are used to provide the most commensurable data for comparisons: K-5, K-8, K-12, 6-8, 6-12, and 9-12. Schools that do not have these exact grade spans are placed in the group most nearly resembling their own grade span. On the Report Card a school’s crime rate is compared to district and state rates for the school’s group. For example, a 6-8 school’s crime rate will be compared to a district crime rate comprised of all 6-8 schools in the district and a state crime rate comprised of all 6-8 schools in the state.

Source: NCDPI, Safe and Healthy Schools Support Division, 2014-15.


Suspensions and Expulsions

Schools are required to report out-of-school suspensions and expulsions to the state. Out-of-school suspensions are classified as short-term (10 days or less) and long-term (more than 10 days). An expulsion is a permanent suspension.

Rates are derived by dividing each school's total number of reported short-term suspensions, long-term suspensions, and expulsions by Final Average Daily Membership (ADM) and then multiplying by 100. .

District and state rates are calculated based on schools with similar grade ranges. Six grade level categories are used to provide the most commensurable data for comparisons: K-5, K-8, K-12, 6-8, 6-12, and 9-12. Schools that do not have these exact grade spans are placed in the group most nearly resembling their own grade span. On the Report Card a school’s suspension and expulsion rates are compared to district and state rates for the school’s group. For example, a 9-12 school’s short-term suspension rate will be compared to a district short-term suspension rate comprised of all 9-12 schools in the district and a state short-term suspension rate comprised of all 9-12 schools in the state.

Source: NCDPI, Safe and Healthy Schools Support Division, 2014-15.


School Attendance

The attendance rate is calculated by dividing the final Average Daily Attendance (ADA) in the school year by the final Average Daily Membership (ADM) in the school year.

In order to be considered in attendance, a student (except for hospital/homebound or staggered kindergarten) must be present in the school for at least one-half of the school's instructional day, or at a place other than the school with the approval of the appropriate school official for the purpose of attending an authorized school activity. Such activities may include field trips, athletic contests, student conventions, musical festivals or any similarly approved activity.

District and state counts are the averages for schools in the same grade range category (elementary; middle; high; combined elementary, middle and high; combined elementary and middle; or combined middle and high).

Source: NCDPI, Financial & Business Services, School Business Division, Principal's Monthly Report, 2013-14.


Digital Learning Devices/Digital Access/Library Media

Each year, schools must complete an online technology report. All reports are due on June 30. The Technology Director in each Local Education Agency (LEA) verifies all school data (by July 1) before it is processed (July 30th) and published on September 1. The report requests that schools report all information as of June 30th. Schools and LEAs may amend reports before September.

  • Number of Students per Instructional Device: Schools are asked to provide a count of the total number of Instructional devices available to students in their school. This total is divided by the final average daily membership (ADM) for the school year to produce the average number of students per instructional device.
  • Book Titles Per Student: Schools are asked to provide a count of the total number of book titles available to students in their school. This total is divided by the final average daily membership (ADM) for the school year to produce the average number of books per student.
  • Average Age of Media Collection
  • Percentage of Media Collection in Digital Format
  • 1:1 Access: Schools are asked to indicate whether they provide 1:1 access to technology
  • Grades Participating in 1:1 Access: Schools are asked to indicate which grades in the school participate in the 1:1 access program
  • BYOD: Schools are asked to indicate whether they participate in a Bring Your Own Device program
  • Grades Participating in BYOD: Schools are asked to indicate which grades in the school participate in the BYOD program
  • Access Points per Classroom: Schools were asked to provide the number of wireless access point. This total is divided by the number of classrooms in the building.

District and state averages for this indicator include data from all schools, without regard to school grade span. As available, data from charter schools are reported.

Source: NCDPI, Division of Digital Teaching and Learning, Digital Learning and Media Inventory, 2015-16.