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Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States:
NCES 2009-320
June 2009

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Table 1 Number of public school districts, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 2 Percentage of public school districts that had salary schedules for teachers and among those that had salary schedules, the average yearly teacher base salary, by various levels of degrees and experience and selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 3 Average lowest and highest yearly base salaries paid to full-time teachers among all districts, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 4 Percentage of public school districts that offered various benefits to teachers, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 5 Percentage of public school districts that used pay incentives for various reasons, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 6 Average number of public school teachers who were newly hired for grades K–12 and comparable ungraded levels, percentage of districts that offered free training for teachers in fields with current or anticipated shortages, and percentage of districts that used various methods for recruiting new teachers, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 7 Percentage distribution of public school districts, by specific agreements with teachers' associations or unions and selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 8 Average number of public school teachers and average number of public school teachers who were dismissed in the previous year or did not have their contracts renewed based on poor performance, by tenure status of teachers and selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 9 Percentage of public school districts that granted high school diplomas, and among those that granted diplomas, graduation requirements for standard diplomas, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 10 Among districts with more than one school, percentage of public school districts that had salary schedules for principals and average lowest and highest yearly base salaries paid to all full-time principals, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 11 Among districts with more than one school, percentage distribution of public school districts, by specific agreements with principals' associations or unions and selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Table 12 Among districts with more than one school, percentage of principals who were newly hired, average number of days in the normal contract year for principals, percentage of districts that had a tenure system for principals, and percentage of districts that had a training program for aspiring school administrators, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
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Appendix B—Methodology and Technical Notes


Table B-1 Base-weighted unit and overall response rates, by survey: 2007–08
Table B-2 Comparisons between frame distribution and base-weighted and final-weighted respondent distributions for public school districts with an indication of potential sources of bias: 2007–08
Table B-3 Summary of base-weighted item response rates, by survey: 2007–08


Appendix C—Description of Data Files


Table C-1 Names of data files and the questionnaires from which the data were drawn: 2007–08
Table C-2 The number of cases in the School District data file, by respondent and source of data: 2007–08


Appendix D—Description of Variables


Table D-1 Variables used in the Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States: Results From the 2007–08 Schools and Staffing Survey report: 2007–08

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