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Table 121. Percentage of public school districts with students enrolled in technology-based distance education courses and number of enrollments in such courses, by instructional level and district characteristics: 2002-03, 2004–05, and 2009-10
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
District characteristic Percent of districts enrolling distance education students Number of enrollments in technology-based distance education courses,1 by instructional level
All instructional levels Elementary schools Middle or junior high schools High schools Combined or ungraded schools2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
2002-03                                    
Total 36   (1.2) 317,070   (27,437) 2,780 ! (977) 6,390   (1,067) 214,140   (16,549) 93,760   (22,593)
District enrollment size                                    
Less than 2,500 37   (1.5) 116,300   (21,698)   (†) 1,250 ! (450) 72,730   (6,924) 42,240 ! (20,502)
2,500 to 9,999 32   (1.8) 82,370   (6,384) 230 ! (109) 1,870 ! (642) 44,170   (5,832) 36,110   (1,210)
10,000 or more 50   (2.1) 118,390   (15,703) 2,480 ! (968) 3,270   (723) 97,240   (13,853)   (†)
                                     
Region                                    
Northeast 21   (2.2) 41,950 ! (20,821) 100 ! (49)   (†) 17,300   (3,656)   (†)
Southeast 45   (2.6) 59,240   (6,251)   (†) 2,530   (632) 50,640   (5,698) 4,680   (1,254)
Central 46   (2.3) 106,690   (7,726) 940 ! (441) 1,050 ! (412) 59,110   (6,455) 45,590   (2,529)
West 32   (2.2) 109,190   (16,010) 350 ! (165) 2,620   (782) 87,090   (14,825) 19,130 ! (8,619)
                                     
Poverty concentration                                    
Less than 10 percent 33   (2.1) 75,740   (11,177)   (†) 2,020   (564) 55,670   (7,556) 17,470 ! (8,591)
10 to 19 percent 42   (2.1) 95,510   (7,962)   (†) 1,830   (392) 78,680   (7,050) 13,560   (2,446)
20 percent or more 42   (2.5) 86,110   (13,518) 760 ! (249) 2,540 ! (837) 75,930   (13,532) 6,880   (1,557)
                                     
2004-05                                    
Total 37   (1.2) 506,950   (56,959) 12,540 ! (6,107) 15,150   (3,367) 309,630   (24,350) 169,630 ! (51,753)
District enrollment size                                    
Less than 2,500 37   (1.6) 210,200   (54,063) 610 ! (275)   (†) 103,190   (17,659)   (†)
2,500 to 9,999 35   (1.6) 102,730   (13,404)   (†) 2,570   (731) 48,420   (5,136) 45,080   (9,429)
10,000 or more 50   (2.5) 193,440   (16,415) 5,280 ! (2,202) 6,520   (1,101) 157,440   (16,044) 24,210   (5,298)
                                     
Region                                    
Northeast 22   (2.0) 108,300 ! (49,777) 570 ! (206)   (†) 16,860   (2,621)   (†)
Southeast 46   (3.2) 112,830   (6,341)   (†) 5,030   (732) 89,800   (5,276) 16,090   (1,913)
Central 45   (2.4) 128,650   (22,055)   (†) 2,130 ! (953) 70,450   (13,024) 46,190 ! (15,067)
West 35   (2.1) 157,180   (22,608) 200 ! (161) 4,110 ! (1,732) 132,520   (21,287) 20,350 ! (7,587)
                                     
Poverty concentration                                    
Less than 10 percent 35   (1.9) 112,320   (16,778)   (†) 4,070   (1,123) 80,150   (10,651)   (†)
10 to 19 percent 42   (2.2) 151,050   (12,379)   (†) 4,800   (602) 124,540   (10,283) 19,700   (5,835)
20 percent or more 43   (2.7) 106,610   (14,709)   (†) 6,280 ! (3,111) 78,590   (13,367) 21,340   (2,905)
                                     
2009-10                                    
Total 55   (1.4) 1,816,390   (251,054) 78,040 ! (25,180) 154,970   (30,828) 1,348,920   (135,979)   (†)
District enrollment size                                    
Less than 2,500 51   (1.8) 509,030 ! (167,570)   (†)   (†) 408,030 ! (123,883) 6,570 ! 2,753
2,500 to 9,999 66   (1.5) 579,250 ! (185,243)   (†) 23,960 ! (9,196) 312,130   (50,963)   (†)
10,000 or more 74   (0.8) 728,110   (27,105) 11,540   (1,862) 77,750   (4,730) 628,760   (23,545) 10,060   2,756
                                     
Metropolitan status                                    
City 37   (4.0) 653,660 ! (201,665)   (†) 40,400 ! (15,671) 405,740   (79,507)   (†)
Suburban 47   (2.6) 527,250   (34,188) 22,900 ! (11,293) 62,210   (4,106) 434,260   (30,904) 7,880   2,347
Town 67   (2.7) 306,840 ! (145,000)   (†)   (†) 246,850 ! (107,079) 9,310 ! 3,908
Rural 59   (2.5) 328,640   (36,233)   (†) 15,360   (2,420) 262,070   (27,077)   (†)
                                     
Region                                    
Northeast 39   (3.3) 77,670   (7,358)   (†) 4,970   (989) 71,330   (6,651)   (†)
Southeast 78   (3.7) 518,770   (63,187) 12,070 ! (4,154) 57,500   (9,828) 443,770   (50,079) 5,440 ! 1,678
Central 62   (2.2) 697,140 ! (235,103) 37,920 ! (18,915)   (†) 416,550   (122,633)   (†)
West 51   (2.4) 522,810   (42,673)   (†) 41,620   (3,384) 417,270   (33,400) 36,510 ! 14,278
                                     
Poverty concentration                                    
Less than 10 percent 54   (2.5) 287,680   (34,577)   (†) 12,620   (2,997) 231,890   (27,672)   (†)
10 to 19 percent 56   (2.1) 1,009,290   (193,646) 23,540 ! (11,116) 97,220   (16,126) 682,380   (78,795)   (†)
20 percent or more 56   (2.4) 519,420   (146,507)   (†)   (†) 434,640   (108,046) 5,750 ! 2,484
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Based on students regularly enrolled in the districts. Enrollments may include duplicated counts of students, since districts were instructed to count a student enrolled in multiple courses for each course in which he or she was enrolled.
2 Combined or ungraded schools are those in which the grades offered in the school span both elementary and secondary grades or that are not divided into grade levels.
NOTE: Percentages are based on unrounded numbers. For the 2002–03 FRSS study sample, there were 3 cases for which district enrollment size was missing and 112 cases for which poverty concentration was missing. For the 2004–05 FRSS study sample, there were 7 cases for which district enrollment size was missing and 103 cases for which poverty concentration was missing. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding or missing data.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), Technology-Based Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 2002–03 and 2004–05 and “Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2009–10,” FRSS 98. (This table was prepared November 2011.)
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