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Table 36. Enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools, by grade: Fall 1990 through fall 2004 
Grade Fall 1990 Fall 1991 Fall 1992 Fall 1993 Fall 1994 Fall 1995 Fall 1996 Fall 1997 Fall 1998 Fall 1999 Fall 2000 Fall 2001 Fall 2002 Fall 2003 Fall 2004
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
  Number (in thousands)
All grades 41,217 42,047 42,823 43,465 44,111 44,840 45,611 46,127 46,539 46,857 47,204 47,672 48,183 48,540 48,795
Elementary 29,878 30,506 31,088 31,504 31,898 32,341 32,764 33,073 33,346 33,488 33,688 33,938 34,116 34,202 34,178
Prekindergarten 303 375 505 545 603 637 670 695 729 751 776 865 915 950 990
Kindergarten 3,306 3,311 3,313 3,377 3,444 3,536 3,532 3,503 3,443 3,397 3,382 3,379 3,434 3,503 3,544
1st grade 3,499 3,556 3,542 3,529 3,593 3,671 3,770 3,755 3,727 3,684 3,636 3,614 3,594 3,613 3,663
2nd grade 3,327 3,360 3,431 3,429 3,440 3,507 3,600 3,689 3,681 3,656 3,634 3,593 3,565 3,544 3,560
3rd grade 3,297 3,334 3,361 3,437 3,439 3,445 3,524 3,597 3,696 3,691 3,676 3,653 3,623 3,611 3,580
4th grade 3,248 3,315 3,342 3,361 3,426 3,431 3,454 3,507 3,592 3,686 3,711 3,695 3,669 3,619 3,612
5th grade 3,197 3,268 3,325 3,350 3,372 3,438 3,453 3,458 3,520 3,604 3,707 3,727 3,711 3,685 3,635
6th grade 3,110 3,239 3,303 3,356 3,381 3,395 3,494 3,492 3,497 3,564 3,663 3,769 3,788 3,772 3,735
7th grade 3,067 3,181 3,299 3,355 3,404 3,422 3,464 3,520 3,530 3,541 3,629 3,720 3,821 3,841 3,818
8th grade 2,979 3,020 3,129 3,249 3,302 3,356 3,403 3,415 3,480 3,497 3,538 3,616 3,709 3,809 3,825
Elementary ungraded 543 545 539 515 494 502 401 442 451 417 336 306 287 256 216
Secondary 11,338 11,541 11,735 11,961 12,213 12,500 12,847 13,054 13,193 13,369 13,515 13,734 14,067 14,338 14,617
9th grade 3,169 3,313 3,352 3,487 3,604 3,704 3,801 3,819 3,856 3,935 3,963 4,012 4,105 4,190 4,281
10th grade 2,896 2,915 3,027 3,050 3,131 3,237 3,323 3,376 3,382 3,415 3,491 3,528 3,584 3,675 3,750
11th grade 2,612 2,645 2,656 2,751 2,748 2,826 2,930 2,972 3,021 3,034 3,083 3,174 3,229 3,277 3,369
12th grade 2,381 2,392 2,431 2,424 2,488 2,487 2,586 2,673 2,722 2,782 2,803 2,863 2,990 3,046 3,094
Secondary ungraded 282 275 269 248 242 245 206 214 212 203 175 157 160 149 121
  Percentage distribution
All grades 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Elementary 72.5 72.6 72.6 72.5 72.3 72.1 71.8 71.7 71.7 71.5 71.4 71.2 70.8 70.0 70.0
Prekindergarten 0.7 0.9 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.8 1.9 2.0 2.0
Kindergarten 8.0 7.9 7.7 7.8 7.8 7.9 7.7 7.6 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.1 7.3 7.3
1st grade 8.5 8.5 8.3 8.1 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.1 8.0 7.9 7.7 7.6 7.5 7.5 7.5
2nd grade 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.9 7.8 7.8 7.9 8.0 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.5 7.4 7.3 7.3
3rd grade 8.0 7.9 7.8 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.7 7.8 7.9 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.5 7.3 7.3
4th grade 7.9 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.6 7.7 7.9 7.9 7.8 7.6 7.4 7.4
5th grade 7.8 7.8 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.7 7.6 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.4 7.4
6th grade 7.5 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.6 7.7 7.6 7.5 7.6 7.8 7.9 7.9 7.7 7.7
7th grade 7.4 7.6 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.6 7.6 7.6 7.6 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 7.8 7.8
8th grade 7.2 7.2 7.3 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.4 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.8
Elementary ungraded 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.1 0.9 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.4
Secondary 27.5 27.4 27.4 27.5 27.7 27.9 28.2 28.3 28.3 28.5 28.6 28.8 29.2 30.0 30.0
9th grade 7.7 7.9 7.8 8.0 8.2 8.3 8.3 8.3 8.3 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.5 8.8 8.8
10th grade 7.0 6.9 7.1 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.7 7.7
11th grade 6.3 6.3 6.2 6.3 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.4 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.7 6.7 6.9 6.9
12th grade 5.8 5.7 5.7 5.6 5.6 5.5 5.7 5.8 5.8 5.9 5.9 6.0 6.2 6.3 6.3
Secondary ungraded 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2
NOTE: Because of changes in reporting practices and imputation of data for nonrespon­dents since 1992, prekindergarten enrollment data for 1992 and later years are not compa­rable to prekindergarten enrollment data for prior years. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Com­mon Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Educa­tion," 1990–91 through 2004–05. (This table was prepared August 2006.)

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