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Introduction

This report presents findings on the numbers of public school students and staff in the United States and other jurisdictions1 in school year 2009–10, using data from the State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education of the Common Core of Data (CCD) survey system. The CCD is an annual collection of data that are reported by state education agencies (SEAs) to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the U.S. Department of Educationís EDFacts data collection system.

The purpose of this report is to introduce new data through the presentation of tables containing descriptive information; therefore, the selected findings chosen for this report demonstrate the range of information available when using the CCD. The selected findings do not represent a complete review of all observed differences in the data and are not meant to emphasize any particular issue. Data in this report, taken from the State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education, may differ from data in other CCD reports based on data from the Local Education Agency Universe Survey and the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey.

The State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education presents counts of students by grade and by gender and race/ethnicity. The survey also contains counts of full-time-equivalent (FTE)2 teachers, aides, support staff, and administrators in public schools and school districts.

Fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian Education reported the 2009–10 CCD data through the EDFacts collection system; the Department of Defense dependents schools (overseas and domestic) and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands reported directly to the CCD. American Samoa and Guam did not report data for the 2009–10 school year.

SEAs follow standard definitions for the data items they report to the CCD via the EDFacts collection system. In some cases, SEAs may be unable to report a data item, or may not be able to report a data item in exact accordance with a CCD definition. When states were unable to report key data items, values for these items were collected from alternate sources, imputed, or edited. Please see Appendix A: Methodology and Technical Notes in this report for a detailed discussion of collections from alternate sources, imputations, and edits.

While tables include data for all of the CCD respondents, "United States" and "reporting states" totals in the tables are limited to the 50 states and the District of Columbia. They do not include data from the Bureau of Indian Education, Department of Defense dependents schools (overseas and domestic), Puerto Rico, or the other jurisdictions of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

More information about the survey content and methodology can be found in appendix A. Appendix B is a glossary of key CCD terms used in this report.

More information about CCD surveys and products is available at the CCD website.

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1 The CCD includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense dependents schools (overseas and domestic), the Bureau of Indian Education, Puerto Rico, and the four other jurisdictions of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For ease of reading, in this report, the term "state" or "states" refers to these entities.
2 Full-time equivalency (FTE) is the amount of time required to perform an assignment stated as a proportion of a full-time position.

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