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Education, 1996-97State Profiles of Public Elementary and Secondary Education, 1996-97
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Arkansas
Arkansas
Arkansas Department of Education, Four State Capitol Mall, Room 304A,
Little Rock, AR 72201-1071
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Superintendent of Education
Director Raymond J. Simon, (501) 682-4204
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Brenda Caudle, (501) 682-5885
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Yvonne Williams, (501) 682-4485

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
437,036 457,349 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
1,112 1,104 Public schools
25,572 26,681 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
53,104 53,104 Land area in square miles
8.2 8.6 Public school students per square mile
2.1 2.1 Public schools per 100 square miles


Figure 1
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools


1987 1996 Fiscal summary
2,342 2,506 State population (in thousands)
$1,689 $3,506 State revenue per capita
$1,524 $3,046 State expenditure per capita
$344 $645 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$74,485 $116,905 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 352 100% 331 Total public education agencies
94.0% 331 94.0% 311 Regular school districts
5.1% 18 4.8% 16 Regional service agencies
0.9% 3 1.2% 4 State-operated agencies
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Federally operated and other types


1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by number of schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 100 or more schools
0.9% 3 0.9% 3 25 to 99 schools
2.6% 9 3.3% 11 10 to 24 schools
9.9% 35 10.3% 34 5 to 9 schools
80.1% 282 80.7% 267 1 to 4 schools
6.5% 23 4.8% 16 No schools reported


Figure 2
Regular school districts by student membership size
Regular school districts by student membership size


1987 1996 Distribution of schools by type
100% 1,112 100% 1,104 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
100.0% 1,112 99.9% 1,103 Regular schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Special education schools
0.0% 0 0.1% 1 Vocational schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Other and alternative schools


Figure 3
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97


Figure 4
Public schools by size of student membership
Public schools by size of student membership


1987 1996 Number of public schools by grade span category
48.7% 541 46.5% 513 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
0.4% 5 0.6% 7 PK, K, 1 to 8
6.8% 76 8.6% 95 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
7.0% 78 6.8% 75 7 to 8, 9
21.3% 237 18.9% 209 7, 8 to 12
9.2% 102 10.1% 111 9, 10, 11 to 12
6.6% 73 8.5% 94 Other grades
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Ungraded
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
1,980 Prekindergarten
33,695 36,442 Kindergarten
37,225 37,370 First
35,263 35,236 Second
33,693 34,021 Third
32,468 33,855 Fourth
32,686 34,270 Fifth
32,110 35,288 Sixth
33,743 36,779 Seventh
33,810 37,064 Eighth
33,489 37,160 Ninth
33,337 35,335 Tenth
32,346 31,889 Eleventh
29,499 27,613 Twelfth
3,672 3,047 Ungraded


Figure 5
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category


1987 1996  
10.4% Students in special education with IEPs
36.4% School membership eligible for free lunch
23.8% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
100.0% 27,101 85.6% 25,094 Regular diploma
    Other diploma
  13.8% 4,045 High school equivalency
  0.6% 180 Other completers
    4.1% Dropouts
      57.9% Dropouts who were male
      37.3% Dropouts who were minority


Figure 6
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state () and nation () and the 25th () and 75th () percentiles
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state (symbol) and nation (symbol) and the 25th (symbol) and 75th (symbol) percentiles


Grade 4 Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science achievement levels
215.8 261.7 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
45.9% 48.1% Students below basic level
54.1% 51.9% Students at or above basic level
13.3% 13.1% Students at or above proficient level
0.7% 1.6% Students at advanced level
144.2 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  45.4% Students below basic level
  54.6% Students at or above basic level
  22.2% Students at or above proficient level
  1.2% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 47,741 100% 51,005 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
53.6% 25,572 52.3% 26,681 Teachers
5.4% 2,587 7.5% 3,837 Instructional aides
        Support staff
2.0% 976 2.4% 1,213 Guidance counselors/directors
1.9% 897 2.2% 1,110 Librarians/library support
5.1% 2,414 4.7% 2,402 Administrative support
26.8% 12,774 26.6% 13,544 Other support services
        Administrators
2.7% 1,306 2.9% 1,482 School-based
2.5% 1,215 1.4% 736 School district officials/administrators


Figure 7
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level


1987 1996  
1.2 1.1 Teacher to all other staff ratio
10.1 12.0 Teacher to administrator ratio


Figure 8
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience


1987 1996  
$16,012 $20,680 Average beginning teacher salary
$21,133 $30,987 Average teacher salary


Figure 9
Distribution of public school teachers by age
Distribution of public school teachers by age


1987 1993 Preparation of teachers: highest degree earned
0.2% 0.3% Public school teachers with no degree
66.6% 64.9% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
30.0% 32.5% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
3.3% 2.3% Public school teachers with a degree beyond Master's

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FISCAL INFORMATION
FY88 FY97 Federal aid to education under selected programs
(in thousands of current dollars)
$35,694 $64,604 National school lunch
$6,260 $17,672 National school breakfast
$57,336 $81,047 Title I
$17,213 $31,712 Education for the handicapped
$11,087 $15,065 Vocational and adult education
$7,781 $14,823 School improvement
$2,174 $410 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$144 $89 Bilingual education
$75 $14 Indian education


Figure 10
Revenues by source
Revenues by source


Figure 11
Current expenditures by function
Current expenditures by function


FY88 FY97 Revenues and expenditures (in current dollars)
$1,211,164 $2,371,834 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$2,771 $5,186 Revenue per pupil in membership
$1,211,156 $2,074,113 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$2,771 $4,535 Current expenditure per pupil in membership
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