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Table 7.  Percentage of schools that used various methods to organize classes or student groups and percentage of schools that used a year-round calendar, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2003–04

  Percent of schools that used various methods to organize classes or student groups Percent of schools that used a year-round calendar
School type and selected school characteristic Traditional grades or academic discipline-based departments Grades subdivided into small groups such as "houses" or "families" Student groups that remain 2 or more years with the same teacher (e.g., looping) Inter-
disciplinary teaching
Paired or team teaching Block scheduling
All schools 84.0 13.1 22.9 34.4 32.4 31.8 6.1
               
All public schools  85.9 15.1 21.4 36.4 36.1 34.5 5.5
               
School classification               
Traditional public  86.4 14.9 21.0 36.4 36.1 34.1 5.3
Charter school  68.6 23.1 36.8 37.4 37.7 48.6 12.3
               
Community type               
Central city  83.7 19.0 26.3 40.2 41.4 43.1 8.4
Urban fringe/large town  87.8 15.8 20.6 37.3 37.7 32.9 5.0
Rural/small town  84.7 10.4 18.4 31.3 28.4 29.4 3.7
               
School level               
Elementary  86.8 15.4 23.2 37.4 37.6 31.6 5.3
Secondary  86.7 15.7 15.4 35.6 35.2 44.7 4.8
Combined  75.3 10.7 23.3 29.8 24.8 30.4 9.8
               
Student enrollment               
Less than 100  68.0 12.7 42.0 29.2 24.5 29.5 10.7
100–199  83.9 10.6 19.6 27.9 23.8 25.1 4.8
200–499  87.1 9.7 21.3 33.9 33.2 32.1 3.4
500–749  87.9 16.4 19.5 38.3 39.9 37.4 5.9
750–999  87.3 28.9 17.8 45.3 48.6 39.0 10.4
1,000 or more  91.0 26.8 15.4 46.5 47.4 45.3 5.1
               
All BIA schools  80.8 9.9 17.7 26.8 28.8 37.6 3.2
               
All private schools  78.0 6.8 27.5 28.3 20.7 23.6 7.7
               
School classification               
Catholic  91.4 5.6 10.0 37.5 14.1 23.7 3.4
Other religious  80.1 4.4 31.6 19.8 17.2 20.0 5.3
Nonsectarian  58.3 12.8 39.9 34.7 35.2 30.7 17.6
               
Community type               
Central city  81.1 8.3 23.2 33.8 24.2 26.3 8.2
Urban fringe/large town  77.2 5.9 28.2 26.7 19.0 24.2 7.3
Rural/small town  73.8 6.2 34.7 21.4 18.2 15.9 8.0
               
School level               
Elementary  80.7 7.2 28.6 29.6 20.2 23.1 5.7
Secondary  82.6 5.8 9.2 30.0 21.6 31.3 13.9
Combined  71.0 6.2 31.1 25.1 21.3 22.2 9.9
               
Student enrollment               
Less than 100  63.6 8.0 44.8 22.7 23.4 21.6 12.3
100–199  87.8 4.5 17.8 32.2 17.2 22.0 3.9
200–499  92.9 6.5 8.2 35.4 18.8 27.7 3.2
500–749  93.3 6.6 5.6 26.9 15.6 24.5 4.7
750 or more  97.4 6.3 4.7 35.8 25.3 35.5 1.1
NOTE: BIA school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that are operated by the BIA, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, Public School, BIA School, and Private School Data Files.


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