A public elementary/secondary
school that: (1) addresses needs of students that typically cannot be
met in a regular school, (2) provides nontraditional education, (3) serves
as an adjunct to a regular school, or 4) falls outside of the categories
of regular, special education, or vocational education.
Bureau of Indian Affairs schools and districts
or district that is directly funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department
of the Interior.
A school which provides free public elementary and/or secondary education to eligible students under a specific charter
granted by the state legislature or other appropriate authority, and designated
by such authority to be a charter school. Charter schools can be administered
by regular school districts, state education agencies, or chartering organizations.
They are reported on the CCD by the type of district that administers
Funds spent for operating local public
schools and local education agencies, including such operating expenses
as salaries for school personnel, student transportation, school books
and materials, and energy costs, but excluding capital outlay and interest
on school debt.
Defined by the CCD as those students who were enrolled
in school at some time during the previous school year; were not enrolled
at the beginning of the current school year; have not graduated from high
school or completed a state- or district-approved educational program;
and do not meet any of the following exclusionary conditions: transfer
to another public school district, private school, or state- or district-approved
education program; temporary absence due to suspension or school-approved
education program; or death. For a more detailed description of dropouts
and dropout rates seePublic High School Dropouts and Completers From
the Common Core of Data: School Years 1991-92 through 1997-98 (NCES
English Language Learner (ELL) students
--were not born in the United States or whose native language is
a language other than English; or
--come from environments where a language other than English is dominant;
--are American Indians and Alaskan Natives and who come from environments
where a language other than English has had a significant impact on
their level of English language proficiency; and who, by reason thereof,
have sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding
the English language, to deny such individuals the opportunity to
learn successfully in classrooms where the language of instruction
is English or to participate fully in our society.
Include direct grants-in-aid to school
or agencies, funds distributed through a state or intermediate agency,
and revenues in lieu of taxes to compensate a school district for nontaxable
federal institutions within a district's boundary.
Free and reduced-price lunch eligible
Number of students
who are eligible for the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program under the
National School Lunch Act. Any school that reported 100 percent eligible
students is adjusted for reasons of student confidentiality. Caution should
be used when interpreting these data. Four states did not report free
and reduced-price lunch eligibility, and others may have included reduced
price lunch students or reported participation instead of eligibility
Professional staff assigned specific
duties and school time for counseling students and parents, addressing
learning problems, evaluating student abilities, and assisting students
on career and personal development.
High School Completers
Students who completed the course
of public elementary and secondary education offered by the school district
and who received a high school diploma, or who met other requirements
of completion as defined by state law or policy during the period September
2000 through August 2001.
Individual Education Program (IEP)
As used here, refers
to written instructional plan for students with disabilities designated
as special education students under the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA-Part B) which includes: (1) statement of present levels
of educational performance of a child; (2) statement of annual goals,
including short-term instructional objectives; (3) statement of specific
educational services to be provided and the extent to which the child
will be able to participate in regular educational programs; (4) projected
date for initiation and anticipated duration of services; and (5) appropriate
objectives, criteria and evaluation procedures and schedules for determining,
on at least an annual basis, whether instructional objectives are being
Current expenditures for activities
directly associated with the interaction between teachers and students.
These include teacher salaries and benefits, supplies (such as textbooks),
and purchased instructional services.
Instructional support staff
Includes instructional coordinators
and supervisors and instructional aides.
LEA (district) administrators
Local education agency superintendents,
deputy and assistant superintendents, and other persons with district-wide
responsibilities such as business managers; and administrative assistants.
Professional staff members who are assigned
specific duties and school time for professional library and media service
activities. Includes library/media specialists and support staff.
Include revenues from such sources as local
property and nonproperty taxes, investments, and revenues from student
activities, textbook sales, transportation and tuition fees, and food
Regardless of the source of funding, a magnet
school or program is a special school or program designed to attract students
of different racial/ethnic backgrounds for the purpose of reducing, preventing,
or eliminating racial isolation and/or to provide an academic or social
focus on a particular theme.
A migrant student as defined under 34 CFR
--is younger than 22 (and has not graduated from high school or does
not hold a high school equivalency certificate). If the child is too
young to attend school-sponsored educational programs, but is old
enough to benefit from an organized instructional program; or
--a migrant agricultural worker or a migrant fisher or has a parent,
spouse, or guardian who is a migrant agricultural worker or a migrant
performs, or has a parent, spouse, or guardian who performs, qualifying
agricultural or fishing employment as a principal means of livelihood;
--has moved within the preceding 36 months to obtain or to accompany
or join a parent, spouse, or guardian to obtain, temporary or seasonal
employment in agricultural or fishing work; or
--has moved from one school district to another; or in a state that
is comprised of a single school district, has moved from one administrative
area to another within such district; or resides in a school district
of more than 15,000 square miles, and migrates a distance of 20 miles
or more to a temporary residence to engage in a fishing activity.
(Provision E currently applies only to Alaska.)
Include: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern
Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Includes support staff for local education agencies,
schools, student support services and other areas such as data processing,
health, transportation, etc.
Current expenditures for public elementary
and secondary education in a state divided by the student membership.
The numbers reported here, based on membership, can be expected to be
smaller than per-pupil expenditures based on average daily attendance
because the membership counts are generally larger than average daily
An institution that provides educational services
and has the following characteristics:
--has one or more grade groups (prekindergarten through grade 12) or
--has one or more teachers to give instruction;
--is located in one or more buildings or sites;
--has an assigned administrator;
--receives public funds as primary support; and
--is operated by an education agency.
The ratio of pupils to teachers in a
school district, based on the total number of pupils (student membership)
and the total full-time-equivalent (FTE) number of teachers reported in
the schools associated with the school district. The pupil/teacher ratio
is not a class size but rather a district level measure of pupils and
Pupils in membership
Count of all students whose names have
been entered on the roll, minus those whose names have been withdrawn,
on or before the closest school day to October 1. Membership counts at
the district level may include students for whom the district is providing
educational services through some other agency or institution.
Race/ethnicity of groups other than White, non-Hispanic
at least one student of a minority race/ethnicity. These race/ethnicities
include: American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic,
and Black, non-Hispanic.
A public elementary/secondary school that
does not focus primarily on vocational, special, or alternative education.
It is possible for a regular school, as it is for a vocational, special,
or alternative education school, to have no students in membership.
Regular school district
Agency responsible for providing
free public education for school-age children residing within its jurisdiction.
This category excludes local supervisory unions that provide management
services for a group of associated school districts; regional education
service agencies that typically provide school districts with research,
testing, and data processing services; state and federally operated school
districts; and other agencies that do not fall into these groupings.
Additions to assets, which do not incur an obligation
that must be met at some future date, do not represent exchanges of fixed
assets, and are available for expenditure by the local education agencies
in the state. Revenues include funds from local, intermediate, state,
and federal sources.
Staff members whose activities are
concerned with directing and managing the operation of a particular school.
Schools having membership
Schools at which students are
counted for administrative purposes, even though the students may attend
one or more other schools for all or part of their school day.
Special Education School
A public elementary/secondary school
that: (1) focuses primarily on special education, including instruction
for any of the following: hard of hearing, deaf, speech-impaired, health-impaired,
orthopedically impaired, mentally retarded, seriously emotionally disturbed,
multi-handicapped, visually handicapped, deaf and blind; and (2) adapts
curriculum, materials or instruction for students served.
Include both direct funds from state governments
and funds in lieu of taxation. Revenues in lieu of taxes are paid to compensate
a school district for nontaxable state institutions or facilities within
the district's boundary.
A professional school staff member who instructs
students and maintains daily student attendance records.
Title I school
A Title I school is a school designated under
appropriate state and federal regulations as being high poverty and eligible
for participation in programs authorized by Title I of Public Law 103-382.
Title I school-wide
A program in which all the students
in a school are designated under appropriate state and federal regulations
as eligible for participation in programs authorized by Title I of Public
Vocational Education School
A public elementary/secondary
school that focuses primarily on vocational, technical, or career education,
and provides education and training in one or more semi-skilled or technical
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