Currently every two years, collected in the following years: 1989, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
Cosponsored by the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is administered every two years. This supplement asks respondents ages 12 through 18 about crimes that occurred at school and other characteristics of school crime. It is the oldest of the active NCVS supplements.
The SCS was designed to assist policymakers, as well as academic researchers and practitioners, to make informed decisions concerning crime in schools. The survey asks students a number of key questions about their experiences with, and perceptions of, crime and violence that occurred inside their school, on school grounds, on the school bus, or on the way to or from school. Students are asked additional questions about security measures used by their school, students’ participation in afterschool activities, students’ perceptions of school rules, the presence of weapons and gangs in school, the presence of hate-related words and graffiti in school, student reports of bullying and reports of rejection at school, and the availability of drugs and alcohol in school. Students are also asked attitudinal questions relating to fear of victimization and avoidance behavior at school.