What does this measure?
The number of incidents of intimidation, harassment, menacing, or bullying reported by school districts to New York State, per 1,000 students in the school districts in a county or school district.
Why is this important?
Intimidation and bullying behavior can negatively affect a student's self-esteem, ability to concentrate and ability to learn. It may affect not only the targeted student, but also other students who feel afraid or insecure in an environment where bullying is occurring.
How is Dutchess County performing?
There were 5.8 bullying incidents in Dutchess County for every 1,000 students in 2015, below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 10.0 and the regional rate of 9.3. Dutchess' rate fell by almost 40% from 2014 to 2015, and is 54% below its high of 12.6 in 2006. Bullying in Dutchess has consistently been lower than the statewide rate and the rates of Orange and Ulster from 2004 through 2015. Millbrook and Pine Plains had particularly high rates in 2015.
Notes about the data
The accuracy of the data depends on students reporting bullying behavior, and on schools accurately reporting to the state. Although the state has provided guidance to schools on how incidents should be reported, there can be variations in how that guidance is interpreted by school officials. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.