Our schools are continuing to get safer.  That's the word from federal officials after statistics were compiled and analyzed by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice.

FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig reports:

Statistics in everything from theft to violent crimes like assault and homicide are down, part of a trend seen since serious record keeping began in 1992.

(Modzeleski) "We're going in the right direction.  I think that schools, generally, are adopting better programs."

...William Modzeleski is the second-in-command at the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.  He says that one of the chief areas of concern - bullying - is one of the hardest to track.

(Modzeleski) "The data on bullying is, shall I say, all over the place.  There's a lot of different definitions that are used for bullying.  Sometimes it does rise to the level of a crime, many times it flows a little bit below the radar screen."

The number of students who reported being bullied dropped four percent.

Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.