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


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

Among districts that granted high school diplomas, the average number of years of instruction in various subject areas needed for a standard diploma1
Percent of districts that grant high school diplomas
Social sciences, social studies (e.g., history, geography, economics)
Physical or biological sciences
Selected public school
 district characteristic
English or language arts Computer science Foreign language
    Mathe-
matics
         
All public school districts  75.9   3.9   3.0   1.0   3.3   2.7   1.6  
                             
District size                             
1 school  46.9   3.9   3.0   1.1   3.2   2.6   1.8  
2-3 schools  86.2   4.0   3.0   1.0   3.2   2.7   1.6  
4-5 schools  90.8   3.9   3.0   1.0   3.3   2.7   1.6  
6-9 schools  90.7   4.0   3.0   0.9   3.2   2.8   1.6  
10-19 schools  91.8   3.9   3.0   1.0   3.3   2.7   1.6  
20 or more schools  94.7   3.9   3.0   1.0   3.2   2.7   1.8  
                             
Community type                             
City  53.4   4.0   3.0   1.1   3.3   2.7   2.0  
Suburban  70.1   4.0   3.0   1.0   3.3   2.7   1.6  
Town  85.9   3.9   3.0   1.0   3.2   2.7   1.5  
Rural  81.0   3.9   3.0   1.0   3.3   2.7   1.6  
                             
District K-12 enrollment                             
Less than 250  48.5   3.9   3.0   1.2   3.3   2.6   1.7  
250-999  71.2   3.9   3.0   1.1   3.3   2.7   1.7  
1,000-1,999  90.1   4.0   3.0   1.0   3.2   2.7   1.6  
2,000-4,999  90.3   4.0   3.0   0.9   3.3   2.8   1.6  
5,000-9,999  91.5   4.0   3.0   1.0   3.3   2.7   1.6  
10,000 or more  95.1   3.9   3.0   1.0   3.2   2.7   1.7  
                             
Percent of K-12 students in
  district who were approved for
  free or reduced-price lunches 
                           
0-34  80.8   4.0   2.9   1.0   3.2   2.7   1.5  
35-49  87.5   3.9   3.0   1.0   3.3   2.7   1.7  
50-74  80.3   3.9   3.1   1.1   3.3   2.8   1.7  
75 or more  57.9   4.0   3.1   1.1   3.2   2.7   1.6  
District did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program 
36.1   3.9   3.1   1.0   3.3   2.7   2.0  
1 Districts that do not have a graduation requirement for a particular subject area are excluded from the computation of the average for that particular subject area.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2007–08.