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Delaware
Delaware
Delaware Department of Public Instruction, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2,
Dover, DE 19903-1402
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Superintendent of Education
Secretary Iris T. Metts, (302) 739-4601
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Robin R. Taylor, (302) 739-4583
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Walter L. Orr, (302) 739-4583

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
95,659 110,549 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
167 183 Public schools
5,951 6,642 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
2,057 2,057 Land area in square miles
46.5 53.7 Public school students per square mile
8.1 8.9 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
637 723 State population (in thousands)
$3,142 $5,756 State revenue per capita
$2,686 $4,652 State expenditure per capita
$405 $622 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$149,132 $223,307 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 22 100% 24 Total public education agencies
86.4% 19 79.2% 19 Regular school districts
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Regional service agencies
13.6% 3 12.5% 3 State-operated agencies
0.0% 0 8.3% 2 Federally operated and other types


1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by number of schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 100 or more schools
4.5% 1 8.3% 2 25 to 99 schools
31.8% 7 20.8% 5 10 to 24 schools
22.7% 5 29.2% 7 5 to 9 schools
27.3% 6 29.2% 7 1 to 4 schools
13.6% 3 12.5% 3 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% 167 100% 183 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
86.2% 144 80.3% 147 Regular schools
10.2% 17 15.3% 28 Special education schools
3.6% 6 2.7% 5 Vocational schools
0.0% 0 1.6% 3 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
37.1% 62 35.0% 64 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
0.6% 1 1.6% 3 PK, K, 1 to 8
10.8% 18 15.8% 29 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
7.8% 13 5.5% 10 7 to 8, 9
3.6% 6 1.6% 3 7, 8 to 12
14.4% 24 16.4% 30 9, 10, 11 to 12
25.1% 42 24.0% 44 Other grades
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Ungraded
0.6% 1 0.0% 0 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
281 597 Prekindergarten
7,772 8,002 Kindergarten
9,103 8,831 First
7,941 8,480 Second
7,455 8,752 Third
7,027 8,329 Fourth
6,786 8,618 Fifth
6,570 8,610 Sixth
7,068 8,942 Seventh
6,711 8,820 Eighth
7,684 10,057 Ninth
7,576 8,956 Tenth
6,818 7,108 Eleventh
6,867 6,447 Twelfth
Ungraded


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


1987 1996  
12.0% Students in special education with IEPs
18.7% 29.9% School membership eligible for free lunch
15.6% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
81.5% 5,895 88.3% 5,609 Regular diploma
6.6% 479 4.0% 251 Other diploma
10.8% 784 6.7% 427 High school equivalency
1.0% 74 1.1% 67 Other completers
    4.5% Dropouts
      59.8% Dropouts who were male
      40.6% 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
215 266.7 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
46.4% 44.9% Students below basic level
53.6% 55.1% Students at or above basic level
15.9% 18.9% Students at or above proficient level
1.4% 3.0% Students at advanced level
141.6 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  49.1% Students below basic level
  50.9% Students at or above basic level
  20.6% Students at or above proficient level
  1.2% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 10,790 100% 12,203 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
55.2% 5,951 54.4% 6,642 Teachers
6.7% 718 7.4% 898 Instructional aides
        Support staff
1.6% 174 1.8% 221 Guidance counselors/directors
1.6% 175 1.3% 154 Librarians/library support
6.9% 741 7.0% 849 Administrative support
23.3% 2,512 23.6% 2,878 Other support services
        Administrators
3.5% 374 3.4% 414 School-based
1.3% 145 1.2% 147 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 1.2 Teacher to all other staff ratio
11.5 11.8 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  
$18,224 $25,937 Average beginning teacher salary
$29,573 $42,424 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% 0.5% Public school teachers with no degree
66.4% 46.0% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
27.6% 48.3% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
5.8% 5.2% 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)
$5,328 $12,079 National school lunch
$981 $2,779 National school breakfast
$14,509 $17,631 Title I
$4,511 $10,063 Education for the handicapped
$4,905 $5,473 Vocational and adult education
$3,903 $7,656 School improvement
$65 $49 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$50 $168 Bilingual education
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)
$464,318 $878,326 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$4,854 $7,945 Revenue per pupil in membership
$440,631 $788,715 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$4,606 $7,135 Current expenditure per pupil in membership
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