ERIC Number: ED458257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 1999-2000. Statistical Analysis Report.
Young, Beth Aronstamm
The information provided in this publication was reported by state education agencies to the National Center for Education Statistics for the Common Core of Data. It relates to student membership and staff in public schools and school districts in the United States and outlying areas during the 1999-2000 school year, graduate and dropout counts for the 1998-1999 school year, and to revenues and expenditures for fiscal year (FY) 1998. The 100 largest public school districts, representing less than 1% (0.6%) of all school districts in the United States, were responsible for the education of 23.0% of all public school students. These 100 largest districts employed 21.2% of U.S. public school teachers and accounted for 16.5% of all public schools and 19.1% of public high school completers. 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 almost 40% of the 100 largest school districts. The proportion of minority students in the 100 largest school districts was 68.0%, compared to 39.6% in all school districts, and 53.6% of students in the 100 largest school districts were eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, compared to 38.9% of all students in the reporting states. In FY 19989, current expenditures per pupil in the 100 largest school districts ranged from a low of $3,210 in the Puerto Rico Department of Education to a high of $10,293 in the Boston School District, Massachusetts. While the number of students, teachers, and schools has increased between 1989-1990 and 1999-2000, the proportion of the national totals that the 100 largest school districts comprised of all these dimensions was essentially unchanged. Four appendixes contain more detailed data tables. (Contains 20 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.