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Goal 3:
Develop Safe and
Drug-Free Schools |
Performance Goals

Drug Use [PDF, 1.7MB]

Drug-free schools are associated with healthy antidrug norms among students, and contribute to the healthy physical and social development of each student.  The positive school climate of drug-free schools gives students the chance to focus on learning.  Results from the 2003 survey of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System show slight declines from 2001 with respect to drug use on school property.

Violent Crime [PDF, 1.7MB]

Safe schools are essential for healthy student development and academic achievement. Secretary Spellings said, "In order for our children to learn well and excel, they need to feel safe."  When violent crime takes place on school property, it disrupts the learning environment and creates obstacles to student achievement and physical safety.  Department programs address drug use and violence by helping districts and schools implement prevention programs and strategies that foster positive norms and behavior among students.  Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data for fighting on school property and carrying weapons to school show significant reductions in these risky behaviors from 1993 to 2003, but reductions were not significant during the last two years of that period.