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


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
 
Variable   Variable name in data file
Average number of years of instruction in computer science needed for a standard diploma    D0373
Average number of years of instruction in English for language arts needed
 for a standard diploma 
  D0371
Average number of years of instruction in foreign language needed for a standard diploma    D0376
Average number of years of instruction in mathematics needed for a standard diploma    D0372
Average number of years of instruction in physical or biological sciences needed for a
 standard diploma 
  D0375
Average number of years of instruction in social sciences or social studies
 (e.g. history, geography, economics) needed for a standard diploma 
  D0374
Base salary for teachers with bachelor's degree and 10 years of teaching experience    D0331
Base salary for teachers with bachelor's degree and no teaching experience    D0330
Base salary for teachers with highest possible step on the salary schedule    D0334
Base salary for teachers with master's degree and 10 years of teaching experience    D0333
Base salary for teachers with master's degree and no teaching experience    D0332
Base salary of the highest paid full-time principal    D0327
Base salary of the highest paid full-time teacher    D0336
Base salary of the lowest paid full-time principal    D0326
Base salary of the lowest paid full-time teacher    D0335
District enrollment    D0276
District gives incentives to recruit or retain teachers to teach in a less desirable location    D0349
District gives incentives to recruit or retain teachers to teach in fields of shortage    D0350
District grants high school diplomas    D0370
District has meet-and-confer agreement with a principals' association or union    D0299
District has meet-and-confer agreement with a teachers' association or union    D0296
District has no specific agreement with a principals' association or union    D0299
District has no specific agreement with a teachers' association or union    D0296
District has salary schedules for principals    D0325
District has salary schedules for teachers    D0328
District has tenure system for principals    D0301
District offers defined-benefit retirement plan    D0340
District offers defined-contribution retirement plan    D0341
District offers dental insurance    D0338
District offers free training in fields with current or anticipated shortages    D0315
District offers general medical insurance    D0337
District offers group life insurance    D0339
District offers housing, housing subsidies, or rent assistance    D0344
District offers subsidized meals    D0345
District offers subsidized transportation    D0346
District offers tuition reimbursement    D0343
District rewards excellence in teaching    D0348
District rewards teachers who have attained National Board for
 Professional Teaching Standards certification 
  D0347
District that has collective bargaining agreement with a principals' association or union    D0299
District that has collective bargaining agreement with a teachers' association or union    D0296
District uses finder's fee to existing staff for new teacher referrals to recruit new teachers    D0314
District uses forgiveness of student loan(s) funded by the district to recruit new teachers    D0312
District uses relocation assistance to recruit new teachers    D0313
District uses signing bonuses to recruit new teachers    D0311
Districts has a training program for aspiring school administrators    D0317
Number of days in the normal contract year for principals    D0300
Number of newly-hired principals    D0316
Number of principals    D0298
Number of schools per district    AG_NOSC21
Number of teachers    D0295
Number of teachers in public school districts who were dismissed
 or did not have their contracts renewed 
  ---(1)
Number of teachers with tenure in public school districts who were dismissed
 or did not have their contracts renewed 
  D0319
Number of teachers without tenure in public school districts who were dismissed
 or did not have their contracts renewed 
  D0318
Percentage of students in district approved for National School Lunch Program    NSLAPP_D1
Teachers who were newly hired for grades K-12 and comparable ungraded levels    D0310
Urban-centric district locale code    URBAND121
1The definition for this variable can be found below.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2007–08.


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