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Table 41.  Percentage of public school districts that required all schools to participate in state or district assessments, that required all schools except charter schools to participate, that permitted schools to participate on a voluntary basis, and that had no state or district-level assessment program, by selected public school district characteristics: 2003–04

Selected public school district characteristic Districts that
required all
schools with
designated
students to participate
  Districts that
required all
schools, except
charter schools,
with designated
students
to participate
  Districts that
permitted schools
with designated
students to
participate
on a voluntary basis
  Districts that
did not have
a state or
district-level
assessment
program
All public school districts  98.2   0.3   0.8   0.7
               
District size               
1 school  96.9   #   1.9   1.1
2–3 schools  98.3   0.3   0.3   1.1
4–5 schools  99.2   0.2   0.5   #
6–9 schools  99.1   0.5   0.1   0.3
10–19 schools  98.6   1.2   0.1   0.1
20 or more schools  98.2   1.4   #   0.3
               
Community type               
Central city  98.5   0.8   0.1   0.6
Urban fringe/large town  98.4   0.4   0.7   0.5
Rural/small town  97.9   0.2   0.9   0.9
               
District K–12 enrollment               
Less than 250  97.0   #   1.5   1.5
250–999  97.8   0.2   1.1   1.0
1,000–1,999  99.3   #   0.3   0.4
2,000–4,999  99.0   0.6   0.4   0.1
5,000–9,999  98.9   0.9   0.2   #
10,000 or more  97.7   2.0   #   0.3
               
Percent of K–12
students in district
who were approved
for free or
reduced-price lunches 
             
Less than 5  100.0   #   #   #
5–24.9  98.6   0.5   0.5   0.4
25–49.9  99.4   0.2   0.1   0.3
50–74.9  97.8   0.7   1.5   #
75 or more  98.0   0.1   1.1   0.8
District did not
participate in free
or reduced-price
lunch program 
89.7   #   3.3   7.0
# Rounds to zero.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, District Data File.


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