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 Orange County performing?
There were 8.1 bullying incidents in Orange County for every 1,000 students in 2015, below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 10.0 and the regional rate of 9.3. The rate fell by 27% from 2014 to 2015 and stands about 50% below its high of 15.9 in 2006. Valley and Highland Falls 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.