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Table H1. Percentage of public high schools that are regular, career/technical, and other special focus, and various characteristics of each school type: 2008
School characteristic Total, all high schools   Regular high school   Career/ technical high school   Other special focus high school1  
Percentage of all public high schools 100.0   67.5   3.7   28.7  
Among each type of high school:                
Enrollment size per grade2 159.9   209.2   204.0   38.6  
Percentage of students with various characteristics                
Non-Hispanic White 63.4   69.6   67.6   48.2  
Have an IEP 18.5   12.7   17.8   32.3  
Limited English proficient 4.5   3.8   0.9   6.4  
Percentage using various instructional strategies                
Block scheduling3 37.4   36.8   69.8   34.7  
Student groups remain two or more years with the same teacher 16.1   10.2   48.0   25.9  
Dual or concurrent enrollment offering high school and college credits 65.8   77.9   65.9   37.3  
Percentage using various special admissions requirements                
Any special admissions requirements4 31.5   14.3   59.2   68.2  
Admission test 2.5   0.9 ! 13.9   4.8  
Standardized achievement test 3.8   2.1   12.9   6.5  
Academic record 16.9   11.6   48.1   25.2  
Special student needs 18.7   8.0   20.8   43.5  
Special aptitudes/skills/talents 5.2   2.6   19.5   9.7  
Personal interview 11.6   3.4   27.6   28.7  
Recommendations 12.9   1.7   31.3   36.9  
Percentage offering various occupational preparation opportunities                
Career/technical education courses 82.7   93.6   100.0   55.1  
Work-based learning or internships outside of school 65.4   70.6   79.0   51.5  
Specialized career academy 24.1   26.7   61.2   13.2  
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.
1 Includes special program emphasis schools (such as science or mathematics schools, performing arts schools, talented or gifted schools, and foreign language immersion schools), special education schools, alternative schools, and other types of schools that do not fall into these categories.
2 SASS:08 does not differentiate between shared-time and full-time career/technical schools. Thus some students who attend shared-time career/technical schools could be double counted if they also attended another type of school.
3 Class periods are scheduled to create extended blocks of instruction time.
4 Requirements other than proof of immunization, age, or residence.
NOTE: High schools are defined as those that have grade 12 or those with no grades lower than 7 and at least one grade higher than 8 if they do not have grade 12. These estimates were previously published in NCES report #2012-250, "Public Career and Technical Education High Schools, Principals, and Teachers in 2008."
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Questionnaire," 2007–08.

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