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Table 9.  Percentage of library media centers that provided support for various types of literacy activities and standards, and average number of books checked out during the most recent full week of school, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2007–08
School type and selected
school characteristic
Number of schools with library media centers Percent of library media centers Average number of books or other materials checked out during the most recent full week of school  
Percent of library media centers that provided support for literacy activities That received formal feedback on students' information literacy skills In which paid professional library staff received formal training on information literacy instruction in the past 12 months
  Family literacy activities   Book clubs      
All public schools  81,920   41.8   38.6   24.2   37.4   627  
                         
School classification                         
Traditional public  80,100   42.0   38.5   24.2   37.7   635  
Charter school  1,820   32.5   41.3   21.8 ! 24.5 ! 283  
                         
Community type                         
City  19,340   48.0   43.2   24.5   43.7   678  
Suburban  23,740   44.5   46.2   24.6   42.3   676  
Town  12,380   36.4   30.6   23.4   31.2   669  
Rural  26,450   37.3   32.1   24.0   31.4   527  
                         
School level                         
Elementary  59,730   48.6   38.2   24.5   37.7   757  
Secondary  17,760   20.6   42.0   22.3   38.5   279  
Combined  4,430   33.6   30.2   27.7   29.2   272  
                         
Student enrollment                         
Less than 100  3,040   26.4   23.0   24.9   23.8   137  
100-199  6,600   29.9   24.5   21.9   30.1   262  
200-499  34,460   45.0   34.9   24.5   36.3   577  
500-749  20,010   47.8   41.8   24.6   38.9   809  
750-999  8,600   43.9   48.4   23.1   39.1   937  
1,000 or more  9,200   28.3   51.7   24.6   46.6   553  
                         
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                       
0-34  32,390   37.2   42.3   22.9   39.4   625  
35-49  14,270   37.7   34.8   24.3   37.5   569  
50-74  18,280   48.2   38.0   26.5   35.0   683  
75 or more  15,460   49.3   35.8   24.4   37.2   647  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
1,520   23.3   30.4   20.4 ! 26.6   343  
                         
All BIE schools  160   52.9   36.6   35.5   28.2   629  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
NOTE: The 2007–08 Schools and Staffing Survey did not collect School Library Media Center data from private schools. BIE school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) that are operated by the BIE, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Library Media Center and BIE School Library Media Center Data Files," 2007–08.


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