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Table 57. Number and percentage of schools with students enrolled in distance education courses and enrollment in distance education courses, by instructional level and district characteristics: 2002–03
District characteristic Number of schools with students enrolled in distance education courses Percent of schools with students enrolled in distance education courses Enrollment in distance education courses1 
All
instructional levels
Elementary schools Middle or junior high schools High
schools
Combined or ungraded schools2 All
instructional levels
Elementary schools Middle or junior high schools High
schools
Combined or ungraded schools2 All
instructional levels
Elementary schools Middle or
junior high schools
High
schools
Combined or ungraded schools2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Total 8,210 (229) 130   (42) 580   (62) 6,250 (198) 1,250   (140) 9 (0.3) # (†) 4   (0.4) 38 (1.2) 20   (1.8) 327,670   (36,233) 2,780 ! (1,564) 6,280   (1,247) 222,090   (26,660) 96,530   (26,828)
District enrollment size                                                                                
Less than 2,500 4,520 (175) 40 ! (30) 190   (45) 3,300 (161) 990   (123) 15 (0.6) # (†) 4   (0.8) 44 (2.1) 29   (2.9) 117,730   (24,742) 80 ! (63) 1,260   (409) 74,160   (7,559) 42,240 ! (24,346)
2,500 to 9,999 1,670 (119) 20   (9) 160   (35) 1,360 (100) 130   (39) 6 (0.4) # (†) 3   (0.8) 31 (2.0) 11   (3.0) 85,640   (7,597) 230 ! (125) 1,750   (639) 44,780   (6,148) 38,880   (3,490)
10,000 or more 2,020 (113) 60   (31) 240   (27) 1,590 (94) 120   (19) 6 (0.3) # (†) 4   (0.5) 33 (1.9) 8   (1.6) 124,300   (25,922) 2,480 ! (1,563) 3,270   (1,030) 103,150   (24,010) 15,410 ! (11,373)
                                                                                 
Metropolitan status                                                                                
Urban 960 (110) 50 ! (30) 90   (22) 760 (86) 60   (13) 5 (0.5) # (†) 3   (0.6) 25 (2.7) 4   (1.3) 103,390   (25,612) 2,390 ! (1,565) 2,120   (996) 63,020   (25,477) 35,860   (1,650)
Suburban 2,980 (168) 30   (17) 280   (41) 2,400 (145) 270   (52) 7 (0.4) # (†) 4   (0.6) 34 (1.7) 13   (2.4) 123,410   (27,446) 110 ! (64) 2,520   (683) 81,500   (8,967) 39,280 ! (25,200)
Rural 4,260 (162) 40 ! (28) 210   (47) 3,090 (115) 920   (124) 15 (0.6) # (†) 4   (1.0) 47 (1.7) 32   (2.9) 100,870   (8,232) 270 ! (151) 1,640   (465) 77,570   (7,122) 21,390   (4,196)
                                                                                 
Region                                                                                
Northeast 820 (88) 30 ! (16) 30 ! (17) 670 (76) 100 ! (30) 5 (0.5) # (†) 1 ! (0.6) 25 (2.7) 12   (3.7) 42,070 ! (23,613) 100 ! (62) 190 ! (133) 17,420   (3,715) 24,350 ! (23,364)
Southeast 1,960 (128) 40 ! (26) 220   (34) 1,520 (108) 170   (35) 10 (0.5) # (†) 6   (0.9) 45 (2.7) 14   (2.3) 59,010   (6,454) 1,390 ! (1,230) 2,530   (725) 50,410   (6,311) 4,680   (1,255)
Central 3,010 (174) 40 ! (28) 150   (34) 2,320 (123) 510   (90) 12 (0.6) # (†) 3   (0.8) 47 (1.7) 28   (4.6) 108,140   (7,378) 940 ! (590) 1,050   (365) 60,560   (6,597) 45,590   (2,823)
West 2,410 (172) 20 ! (14) 180   (37) 1,750 (141) 460   (82) 8 (0.5) # (†) 4   (0.7) 31 (2.0) 20   (2.6) 118,450   (27,630) 350 ! (224) 2,510   (996) 93,700   (25,509) 21,900 ! (11,645)
                                                                                 
Poverty concentration                                                                                
Less than 10 percent 2,260 (144) 30 ! (16) 200   (33) 1,700 (113) 330   (78) 8 (0.5) # (†) 4   (0.6) 36 (2.0) 29   (5.5) 77,380   (13,761) 570 ! (535) 2,030   (669) 57,320   (8,000) 17,470 ! (11,325)
10 to 19 percent 3,390 (154) 70 ! (39) 240   (34) 2,560 (141) 520   (84) 10 (0.4) # (†) 4   (0.6) 40 (1.7) 23   (3.2) 97,300   (10,003) 1,450 ! (1,229) 1,710   (395) 77,810   (8,286) 16,330   (4,264)
20 percent or more 2,420 (134) 30   (9) 150   (42) 1,900 (115) 350   (72) 9 (0.5) # (†) 4   (1.0) 40 (2.0) 16   (3.1) 93,280   (23,194) 760   (338) 2,540   (1,030) 83,100   (23,339) 6,880   (1,783)
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Enrollment is based on students regularly enrolled in the districts. Enrollments include duplicated counts of students, since districts were instructed to count a student enrolled in each course in which he or she was enrolled.
2 Combined or ungraded schools are those in which the grades offered in the school span both elementary and secondary grades or that are not divided into grade levels.
NOTE: Percentages are based on unrounded numbers. Percentages are based on the estimated 89,310 public schools in the nation in 2002–03. For the FRSS study sample, there were 3 cases for which district enrollment size was missing and 112 cases for which poverty concentration was missing. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding or missing data.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), "Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2002–03," FRSS 84, 2003. (This table was prepared July 2005.)

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