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How many public schools require school uniforms?


From 19992000 to 201314, the percentage of public schools reporting that they required students to wear uniforms increased from 12 to 20 percent.

In the 201516 school year, 21 percent of public schools reported they required students to wear uniforms. A greater percentage of primary schools than of middle schools required students to wear uniforms (25 vs. 20 percent), and both percentages were greater than the percentage of high schools requiring uniforms (12 percent). A greater percentage of schools with 300499 students (23 percent) and 500999 students (25 percent) than of schools with less than 300 students or 1,000 or more students (both 16 percent) required students to wear uniforms.

In 201516, a greater percentage of public schools located in cities than of those located in suburban areas, towns, and rural areas reported that they required students to wear uniforms. Also, a greater percentage of schools where 76 percent or more of students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch than of schools where lower percentages were eligible reported that they required school uniforms.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2018). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2017 (NCES 2018-036), Indicator 20.

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