ERIC Number: ED432053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Overview of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools and Districts: School Year 1997-98. Statistics in Brief.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
This document provides a synopsis of public-school characteristics and includes statistical summaries of schools, districts, and students. It examines the various types of public schools in the U.S., stating that 87,631 public schools furnished instruction to 46.1 million students in the 1997-98 school year. Most public-school students, 98.1 percent, were enrolled in regular schools: one out of eight schools was located in a large city and one out of six students attended a large-city schools. About 58.5 percent of these students spanned the traditional primary grades. School districts ranged in size from 25 districts enrolling 100,000 or more students to 1,738 districts reporting fewer than 150 students. Student characteristics varied widely. One in eight students had an individualized education program, two-thirds of students were White, non-Hispanic, and one-sixth were Black, non-Hispanic. More than one-third of the students in California, New Mexico, and Texas were Hispanic. Dropout statistics indicate that 15 of the reporting states--about half of those supplying data--had dropout rates between 4 and 6 percent. Dropouts were more likely to be male than female. The report provides technical notes and includes definitions of key terms. The report's data is presented in seven tables, with the information presented by state. (RJM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: For the same brief covering 1996-97, see ED 426 459.