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In 2020–21, some 88 percent of all public schools had a library media center. Some 91 percent of traditional public schools and 52 percent of public charter schools had a library media center.
|Percentage of schools with a library media center1, by selected school characteristics: 2020–21|
|[Standard errors appear in parentheses]|
|Selected school characteristic||Percent|
|All schools||84.8 (0.45)|
|All public schools||87.6 (0.44)|
|Traditional public||91.3 (0.45)|
|Charter school||52.3 (1.73)|
|Less than 100||53.0 (3.18)|
|1,000 or more||94.2 (0.85)|
|Percent of K–12 students who were approved for free or reduced-price lunches|
|75 or more||86.0 (0.70)|
|Reported effect of COVID-19 on instruction3|
|Offering only distance-learning instruction||84.5 (0.98)|
|Offering a hybrid of in-person and distance-learning instruction||88.9 (0.54)|
|Offering only in-person instruction or no effect on the instruction offered||83.2 (2.05)|
1 A library media center is an organized collection of printed and/or audiovisual and/or computer resources, which is administered as a unit, is located in a designated place or places, and makes resources and services available to students, teachers, and administrators. A library media center may be called a school library, media center, information center, instructional materials center, learning resource center, or any other similar name. 2 Elementary schools offer at least one grade of K to 4, and the number of elementary grades is higher than the number of middle grades. Middle schools offer at least one of grades 5 to 8, and the number of middle grades is greater than the number of elementary or secondary grades. Secondary/high schools are defined as schools that enroll students in more of grades 9 through 12 than in lower grades. Combined/other schools include all other combinations of grades, including K–12 schools. School level categories in the 2020–21 NTPS differ from those in previous survey administrations; caution should be exercised when comparing estimates by level over time. For more information, see Appendix C: Description of Variables in the SOURCE document. 3 Schools were asked to report the current effect of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on instruction at the school at the time they completed the survey. Thus, this was the reported effect on instruction at the time the survey was completed, not a summary of the school year.
NOTE: Data are weighted estimates of the population.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (2022). Characteristics of 2020–21 Public and Private K-12 Schools in the United States: Results from the National Teacher and Principal Survey First Look, Table A-4.
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