ERIC Number: ED446155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 1998-1999. Statistical Analysis Report.
Young, Beth Aronstamm
The information in this publication was reported by state education agencies to the National Center for Education Statistic for the Common Core of Data. It relates to student membership in public schools and school districts in the United States and outlying areas during the 1998-1999 school year , and to revenues and expenditures for fiscal year (FY) 1997. The 100 largest public school districts, representing less than 1% of all school districts in the United States were responsible for the education of 22.9% of all public school students. These districts employed 20.6% of U.S. public school teachers and accounted for 16.6% of all public schools and 18.9% of public high school graduates. The 100 largest school districts had larger school sizes than the average school district and higher mean pupil/teacher ratios. Three states, Florida, Texas, and California, accounted for about 40% of the 100 largest school districts. The proportion of minority students in these districts was 66.9%, compared to 38.8% in all school districts, and 52% of students in these districts were eligible for free and reduced price lunch, compared with 38% of students in all school districts. In FY 1997, current expenditures per pupil in the 100 largest school districts ranged from a low of $2,902 in Puerto Rico to a high of $11,578 in the Newark School District, New Jersey. While the numbers of students, teachers, and schools has increased between 1988-1989 and 1998-1999, the proportion of the national total that the 100 largest school districts comprised was essentially unchanged. Four appendixes contain more detailed data tables. (Contains 22 tables and 1 figure.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Public Schools, School District Size, School Size, School Statistics, Tables (Data), Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.