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Table D.2.b.-2 Percentage of public schools providing handheld computing devices to administrators, teachers, or students, and among those schools, the mean number of handhelds for administrators, the ratio of full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers to handhelds, and the ratio of students to handhelds, by school locale: Fall 2008
School locale For administrators   For teachers   For students1
Percent of schools   Mean number of handhelds2   Percent of schools   Ratio of FTE teachers to handhelds3   Percent of schools   Ratio of students to handhelds4
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Total 49 (1.5)   2 (0.1)   15 (0.9)   4 (0.3)   4   (0.6)   21   (3.5)
City 48 (3.5)   2 (0.1)   18 (2.2)   3 (0.4)   4 ! (1.3)   15 ! (8.2)
Suburban 51 (2.6)   2 (0.1)   14 (1.7)   5 (0.6)   4   (1.0)   18 ! (6.5)
Town 56 (4.6)   2 (0.2)   16 (3.3)   3 (0.8)   4 ! (1.3)   31   (4.9)
Rural 43 (3.2)   2 (0.2)   15 (1.6)   4 (0.5)   4   (0.8)   30   (5.3)
!Interpret data with caution (estimates are unstable).
1The "for students" category represents combined responses from the following questionnaire items: "for students to use in specific classes" and "for students to use the entire day."  
2Mean number of handhelds for administrators based on the 49 percent of public schools with handhelds for administrators.
3Ratio computed by dividing the FTE teachers in the 15 percent of public schools with handhelds for teachers by the number of handhelds for teachers.
4Ratio computed by dividing the number of students in the 4 percent of public schools with handhelds for students by the number of handhelds for students.
NOTE: Percentages are based on all public schools. Handheld devices include Palm OS, Windows CE, Pocket PC, and Blackberry. For more details on urban-centric locale categories, see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ruraled/page2.asp.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2008, FRSS 92, 2008.
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