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2010 Spotlight

High-Poverty Public Schools

What are the characteristics of support staff working in high-poverty schools?

Generally, for both elementary and secondary schools, there were few measurable differences between high- and low-poverty schools in the distribution of school support staff (see table A-30-1). For example, at high-poverty elementary schools, 62 percent of all staff were professional instructional staff, 5 percent were student services professional staff, 16 percent were aides, and 17 percent were other staff. At low-poverty elementary schools, 63 percent of all staff were professional instructional staff, 6 percent were student services professional staff, 16 percent were aides, and 15 percent were other staff. Similar patterns were found at the secondary level.