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


Table 5.    Percentage of public school districts that used pay incentives for various reasons, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
 
Selected public school
 district characteristic
To reward teachers who have attained National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification   To reward excellence in teaching   To recruit or retain teachers to teach in a less desirable location   To recruit or retain teachers to teach in fields of shortage  
All public school districts  24.5   10.2   5.7   15.4  
                 
District size                 
1 school  17.9   20.8   6.4   11.2  
2-3 schools  18.2   4.4   3.7   12.3  
4-5 schools  21.8   3.9   3.8   15.2  
6-9 schools  32.2   3.8   3.8   17.7  
10-19 schools  45.3   8.2   9.0   26.7  
20 or more schools  58.2   15.0   18.2   38.3  
                 
Community type                 
City  35.4   35.3   13.0   23.3  
Suburban  26.5   6.9   2.4   11.8  
Town  27.0   7.5   5.9   19.3  
Rural  19.6   5.7   4.9   13.4  
                 
District K-12 enrollment                 
Less than 250  16.3   18.3   8.5   11.7  
250-999  16.6   11.9   4.0   12.4  
1,000-1,999  22.8   4.9   4.4   13.8  
2,000-4,999  33.3   3.4   3.0   16.6  
5,000-9,999  42.0   7.0   6.9   25.6  
10,000 or more  57.3   14.3   16.5   36.4  
                 
Percent of K-12 students in
  district who were approved for
  free or reduced-price lunches 
               
0-34  22.2   6.5   2.2   12.2  
35-49  24.8   6.9   4.0   15.2  
50-74  26.2   11.7   9.6   19.8  
75 or more  34.1   17.8   11.3   21.6  
District did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program 
17.2   21.2   6.8 ! 10.4  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
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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