The School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) collected data on crime and safety from school administrators of public schools in the United States. The data from SSOCS can be used to identify crime prevention efforts utilized by schools and can also be used to identify school characteristics associated with the occurrence of violent crime in American schools. Topics covered in the survey questionnaire included school practices and programs, parent/community involvement, school security, staff training, crime prevention, incidence of violence, and school characteristics.
The SSOCS sample was selected using a stratified sample design. Strata were defined by instructional level, type of locale, and enrollment size. Minority status and region were used as sorting variables during the sample selection process. A sample size of 3,000 schools was targeted, with approximately 3,300 schools being selected initiallly to offset potential losses due to nonresponse. An attempt was made to avoid sample overlap between the SSOCS and other NCES studies being conducted in a similar time frame.