The numbers, broken down by district and school, take into account all incidents in the 2012-13 school year in which an investigation was conducted and active bullying was concluded to have occurred, said John Frassinelli, a bureau chief with the state Department of Education, whose duties include school culture and climate.
"We know that different schools and districts look at incidents of bullying in different ways," Frassinelli said. "Some may be more inclined to label incidents in a way that increases their numbers and others may have higher thresholds. Zero is certainly the goal, and schools are working very hard to get to zero."
But, he said, the bullying incident report will provide insight as the education department works with school districts to ensure reports are accurate and school climate plans are effective.