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ERIC Number: ED519150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Public Elementary and Secondary School Student Enrollment and Staff Counts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009-10. First Look. NCES 2011-347
Chen, Chen-Su
National Center for Education Statistics
This report presents findings on the numbers of public school students and staff in the United States and other jurisdictions in school year 2009-10, using data from the State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education of the Common Core of Data (CCD) survey system. The CCD is an annual collection of data that are reported by state education agencies (SEAs) to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the U.S. Department of Education's ED"Facts" data collection system. Selected findings include: (1) Public elementary and secondary schools had 49.4 million students in membership in school year 2009-10 (table 1); (2) Summing across grades, there were 34.5 million students enrolled in prekindergarten through grade 8 and ungraded classes; there were 14.9 million students enrolled in grades 9-12 in the 2009-10 school year (derived from table 1); (3) When examining students for whom race/ethnicity was reported in the 2009-10 school year, 54 percent were White; 22 percent were Hispanic; 17 percent were Black; 5 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander; and 1 percent were American Indian/Alaska Native (table 2); (4) In school year 2009-10, public elementary and secondary schools and local education agencies employed a total of 6.4 million full-time-equivalent (FTE) staff (table 3); (5) Of the FTE staff in the 2009-10 school year, 51 percent were teachers; 15 percent were instructional aides, instructional coordinators and supervisors, guidance counselors/directors, or librarians; and 24 percent were student and other support staff. School or district administrators comprised 4 percent of staff, and administrative support staff comprised the remaining 7 percent (derived from table 3); (6) The student/teacher ratio in public schools in school year 2009-10 was 15.4 (i.e., there were about 15 students for every FTE teacher employed) (table 4). The ratio ranged from a high of 22.9 in Utah to a low of 10.6 in Vermont. The elementary student/teacher ratio was 19.1, while the secondary student/teacher ratio was 12.1; and (7) The category of other instructional and student support includes instructional aides, instructional coordinators and supervisors, librarians, library support, and student support services staff. In the 2009-10 school year, there were about 42.2 students for every instructional and student support staff member (table 4). Appendices include: (1) Methodology and Technical Notes; and (2) Common Core of Data Glossary. (Contains 4 tables and 4 footnotes.)
National Center for Education Statistics. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary Secondary Education
IES Funded: Yes