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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 for school year 2010–11, 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 Education’s 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.

This report presents data from the State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education. For the State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education, SEAs report aggregated state–level counts of students by grade and by gender and race/ethnicity and counts of full–time–equivalent (FTE)2 teachers, aides, support staff, and administrators in public schools and school districts. State–level data presented in this report may differ from data in other CCD reports that are based on aggregated data from the Local Education Agency Universe Survey and the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey.

Fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian Education reported the 2010–11 CCD data through the EDFacts collection system; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam reported directly to the CCD. The Department of Defense schools (also known as the Department of Defense Education Activity, or DoDEA) and American Samoa did not report data for the 2010–11 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. For these cases, NCES used values from alternate administrative data sources to edit the data or imputed missing data using statistical procedures. Please see Appendix A: Methodology and Technical Notes in this report for a detailed discussion of edits from alternate sources and imputations for missing data.

While tables include data for all of the CCD respondents, "United States" and "reporting states" totals in the tables include the 50 states and the District of Columbia and exclude data from the Bureau of Indian Education, DoDEA, Puerto Rico, or the other jurisdictions of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Appendix A: Methodology and Technical Notes provides more information about the survey content and methodology. Appendix B: Common Core of Data Glossary provides definitions of CCD terms used in this report.

More information about CCD surveys and products is available at http://nces.ed.gov/ccd.

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 1 The CCD includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, 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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