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Table 35.  Percentage of public school districts and private schools that used pay incentives for various reasons, by selected public school district and private school characteristics: 2003–04

Selected public school district and private school characteristic To reward teachers who have attained National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification To reward excellence in teaching To reward completion of in-service professional development To recruit or retain teachers to teach in a less desirable location1 To recruit or retain teachers to teach in fields of shortage
All public school districts  18.4 7.9 24.2 4.6 11.9
           
District size           
1 school  10.5 11.7 16.9 # 8.2
2-3 schools  12.8 5.0 25.1 3.3 9.5
4-5 schools  19.4 6.3 26.9 3.9 12.5
6-9 schools  25.1 6.1 27.9 3.7 14.0
10-19 schools  36.7 7.3 30.7 5.9 19.0
20 or more schools  53.0 14.6 35.5 17.6 31.4
           
Community type           
Central city  27.8 19.1 30.5 9.0 20.9
Urban fringe/large town  19.2 9.3 26.5 4.8 12.1
Rural/small town  15.7 4.5 20.7 3.8 9.9
           
District K–12 enrollment           
Less than 250  9.2 13.4 20.5 3.2 9.6
250-999  11.6 7.3 19.9 3.6 8.5
1,000-1,999  16.8 4.4 23.5 3.1 10.6
2,000-4,999  26.5 5.3 29.7 3.9 14.4
5,000-9,999  34.8 7.3 30.7 5.2 16.8
10,000 or more  49.6 13.5 38.6 15.5 29.4
           
Percent of K–12 students in
district who were approved for
free or reduced-price lunches 
         
Less than 5  25.0 3.4 35.1 0.9 6.4
5-24.9  16.6 5.0 23.8 1.8 8.0
25-49.9  17.2 5.7 26.2 4.3 11.5
50-74.9  22.1 10.9 17.7 6.7 14.8
75 or more  23.1 12.6 29.2 10.6 17.4
District did not participate in free
or reduced-price lunch program 
7.3 17.1 22.9 6.5 13.5
           
All private schools  6.3 19.7 15.9 7.4
           
School classification           
Catholic  5.3 9.1 17.7 5.5
Other religious  5.6 17.5 13.1 6.3
Nonsectarian  8.7 36.4 19.2 11.9
           
Community type           
Central city  6.3 22.7 20.5 8.5
Urban fringe/large town  7.6 19.3 14.1 7.0
Rural/small town  2.2 14.7 11.5 6.3
           
School level           
Elementary  6.6 18.5 17.4 5.6
Secondary  7.0 20.4 14.7 3.8
Combined  5.4 22.1 13.1 12.3
           
Student enrollment           
Less than 100  6.3 22.6 14.2 6.5
100–199  5.2 17.0 15.8 6.2
200–499  6.8 14.8 17.2 8.2
500–749  6.8 22.8 21.3 13.3
750 or more  8.4 29.0 25.3 17.5
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
1 For districts, this item had a final weighted response rate of less than 70 percent.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, District and Private School Data Files.


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