A new study from the U.S Department of Education reports a decline in bullying among students age 12 to 18.

The study, released on Friday May 15th, reported a drop in percentage to 22%. This is a significant decrease compared to 28-32% in reports dating back to 2005.

“The report brings welcome news,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said, according to the official blog of the U.S Department of Education.

“Parents, teachers, health providers, community members and young people are clearly making a difference by taking action and sending the message that bullying is not acceptable.”

The percentages of cyberbullying also dropped from 9% in 2011 to 6.9% in 2013.  However, girls were still bullied more than boys in 2013, according to Time.

“As schools become safer, students are better able to thrive academically and socially,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement. “Even though we’ve come a long way over the past few years in educating the public about the health and educational impacts that bullying can have on students, we still have more work to do to ensure the safety of our nation’s children.”

The study data comes from the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. The survey asks a nationally representative sample of students ages 12-18 if they have been bullied at school. The study is repeated every two years.

Emily Abbey is a Salem based student and writer. She loves cooking, coffee, and anything to do with the Pacific Northwest. She hopes to become a teacher, influencing students to write and make a difference in their corner of the world.