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Table 47. Average class size and standard error for classes taught by public elementary school classroom teachers, and percent and standard error reporting more than 4 hours of designated planning or preparation time per week and the ways in which students were occupied during that time, by school characteristics: School year 200910
 
School characteristic Average class size More than 4 hours of planning or preparation time1 Ways in which students are occupied during planning time1
In music class In visual arts class In physical education/ health class In library/ media center In computer lab Other
Number Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
                                 
All public elementary 21 (0.1) 25 (2.0) 92 (1.1) 70 (1.7) 95 (0.8) 64 (1.9) 40 (1.7) 21 (1.4)
school classroom teachers
                                 
Enrollment size                                
Less than 300 20 (0.4) 28 (4.9) 90 (2.9) 65 (4.7) 96 (1.8) 62 (4.9) 40 (5.4) 12 (3.2)
300 to 499 21 (0.2) 27 (3.1) 93 (1.4) 69 (3.3) 98 (1.1) 64 (3.3) 37 (2.3) 21 (2.4)
500 or more 22 (0.3) 24 (2.4) 91 (1.8) 72 (2.8) 93 (1.3) 65 (2.7) 43 (2.7) 22 (2.5)
Community type                                
City 22 (0.3) 23 (3.4) 88 (2.8) 67 (3.7) 93 (2.0) 54 (4.5) 34 (4.2) 19 (3.2)
Suburban 22 (0.2) 27 (3.2) 92 (2.0) 77 (3.7) 95 (1.7) 66 (3.0) 38 (3.3) 25 (2.9)
Town 21 (0.4) 31 (4.7) 94 (2.3) 59 (4.7) 93 (2.4) 73 (5.2) 47 (5.6) 15 (3.9)
Rural 21 (0.3) 22 (3.5) 94 (1.8) 70 (3.4) 99 (0.7) 68 (3.5) 47 (3.6) 19 (2.8)
Region                                
Northeast 21 (0.4) 24 (4.0) 95 (2.0) 86 (3.9) 98 (1.4) 79 (4.4) 40 (4.3) 26 (3.4)
Southeast 21 (0.3) 26 (3.5) 93 (2.1) 77 (2.8) 97 (1.3) 66 (3.2) 44 (3.4) 23 (3.0)
Central 22 (0.4) 32 (4.1) 96 (1.4) 76 (3.1) 98 (1.0) 64 (3.7) 34 (3.5) 20 (3.6)
West 22 (0.3) 21 (2.9) 84 (2.9) 46 (4.0) 90 (2.4) 52 (3.8) 42 (3.1) 14 (2.9)
Percent combined
enrollment of Black and
other races/ethnicities
2
                               
Less than 6 percent 20 (0.4) 24 (4.6) 97 (1.6) 75 (3.9) 96 (1.8) 74 (4.2) 38 (5.2) 13 (3.3)
6 to 20 percent 22 (0.3) 30 (3.7) 96 (1.6) 78 (3.3) 97 (1.2) 75 (3.9) 39 (3.5) 23 (3.0)
21 to 49 percent 21 (0.3) 26 (3.4) 90 (2.5) 63 (2.5) 95 (1.6) 58 (3.2) 41 (3.7) 23 (2.9)
50 percent or more 21 (0.3) 21 (3.1) 87 (2.2) 68 (3.7) 94 (1.8) 58 (4.0) 42 (4.2) 20 (3.0)
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch
                               
0 to 25 percent 22 (0.3) 25 (3.7) 94 (1.7) 79 (3.2) 96 (1.6) 74 (4.3) 35 (4.0) 28 (3.0)
26 to 50 percent 22 (0.4) 28 (3.8) 96 (2.2) 72 (3.8) 96 (1.5) 60 (3.6) 40 (4.3) 14 (3.0)
51 to 75 percent 21 (0.3) 23 (3.1) 91 (2.2) 65 (3.4) 94 (1.9) 63 (3.5) 43 (3.7) 24 (2.8)
76 percent or more 21 (0.3) 23 (3.9) 85 (2.7) 64 (3.9) 95 (1.6) 59 (4.0) 44 (4.9) 15 (3.2)
1 Percents are based on the 91 percent of public elementary school classroom teachers who had planning or preparation time.
2 Other races/ethnicities include Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native students.
NOTE: Classroom teachers are teachers of self-contained classrooms; these teachers could teach arts areas as separate subjects or incorporate arts areas into other subjects.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System, “Arts Survey of Elementary School Classroom Teachers,” FRSS 102C, 2009–10.

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