School Safety & Accountability
The "School Safety & Accountability" section contains links to other pertaining information regarding Violent and Disruptive Incidents reporting.
Federal law requires each state to determine annually which public elementary and secondary schools are “persistently dangerous.” Each state may set its own criteria to assess and compare levels of violence across schools. New York bases its “persistently dangerous” determinations on two years’ worth of VADIR data. Since 2008 New York used a “School Violence Index” (SVI) comprised of a sum of weighted incidents divided by the school’s K-12 enrollment.
- Details on the calculation of the SVI used in designating schools as persistently dangerous ( 13KB)
- Paper SVI calculation worksheet ( 16KB)
- Electronic SVI Calculation Worksheet ( 23KB)
- List of Persistently Dangerous Schools
- Review the school’s most recent VADIR data to verify that the school no longer meets the criteria for designation
- Evaluate the school’s violent incident data collection system and data extracts to ensure that the system captures the required information and reports incidents accurately
- Conduct a site visit to:
- Review individual report records for reporting accuracy
- Review progress with the implementation of the Incident Reduction Plan
- Complete a safety walk-through to determine that the school meets acceptable standards for safety and security
Once a school meets all of these conditions, the Commissioner (or his designee) may grant the petition and remove the school from the list of persistently dangerous schools.
Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Reports
- Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act Report to the Governor and Legislature (December 2004) ( 108.4MB)
More Information on School Safety: NYS Center for School Safety