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 the region performing?
There were 9.3 bullying incidents in the region for every 1,000 students in 2015, just below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 10.0. The regional rate fell 31% from 2004 through 2015, and by 19% just from 2014 to 2015. In 2015, Dutchess County had the lowest rate of bullying incidents at 5.8 per 1,000 students, followed by Orange with 8.1 and Ulster with 19. Ulster was the only county to see an increase from 2014 to 2015. Some school districts had especially high rates in 2015, including Millbrook in Dutchess, Valley in Orange, and Ellenville and Kingston in Ulster.
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.