Total adjusted current expenditures per public elementary and secondary student, by locale and district poverty level: 2003–04
NOTE: Value labels for the highest and lowest expenditure per student are shown for each locale. District poverty was determined by ranking school districts by the percentage of enrolled children ages 5–17 from families with an income below the poverty threshold, and then dividing these districts into five categories with equal proportions of the total enrollment. The low-poverty district category consists of 20 percent of students in districts with the lowest percentages of poor school-age children. Conversely, the high-poverty district category consists of the 20 percent of students in districts with the highest percentages of poor school-age children. Once determined, each school district's poverty status remained unchanged when the data were examined by locale. For a comparison of poverty definitions, see appendix B
. NCES's Comparable Wage Index (CWI) was used to adjust for geographic cost differences. The same geographic adjustment factor was used for the overall rural locale and the detailed rural locales. For more details on the CWI, see A Comparable Wage Approach to Geographic Cost Adjustment
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "National Public Education Financial Survey," 2003–04.