ERIC Number: ED426459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Overview of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools and Districts: School Year 1996-97. Statistics in Brief.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
In the 1996-97 school year, 86,058 public schools provided instruction to 45.6 million students in the United States. A statistical overview offers a profile of these schools and students. The majority of public school students, 98.2 percent, were enrolled in regular schools; 0.05 percent were in special education schools; 0.04 percent in vocational schools; and 0.09 percent in alternative schools. Information is provided on: (1) schools and community, such as the statistic that while 1 in 8 schools was located in a large city, 1 in 6 students attended large city schools; (2) primary, middle, and high schools; (3) school district grade spans and the finding that of the 14,422 regular school districts, 3,161 were responsible for only the elementary grades; (4) school district size, as measured by the number of students in membership; (5) student characteristics, including Free Lunch eligibility, individual education programs, and ethnic background; and (6) dropouts. The proportion of students who were reported as eligible to receive a free lunch ranged from a low of 12.4. percent in New Hampshire to a high of 69.3 percent in the District of Columbia. The key terms in the statistical tables are defined. The data appear in seven tables and are broken down by state. (JMD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: For the 1995-96 edition, see ED 418 509.