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Nebraska 
Nebraska
Nebraska Department of Education, P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
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Superintendent of Education
Commissioner Douglas D. Christensen, (402) 471-5020
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Robert Beecham, (402) 471-2367
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
JPam Tagart, (402) 472-4735

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
268,100 291,967 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
1,537 1,396 Public schools
17,713 20,174 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
77,227 77,227 Land area in square miles
3.5 3.8 Public school students per square mile
2.0 1.8 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
1,567 1,649 State population (in thousands)
$1,670 $3,342 State revenue per capita
$1,494 $2,898 State expenditure per capita
$168 $432 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$94,343 $143,871 Gross state product per school-age child


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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 1,010 100% 774 Total public education agencies
88.2% 891 84.8% 656 Regular school districts
11.1% 112 14.5% 112 Regional service agencies
0.7% 7 0.8% 6 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
0.2% 2 0.4% 3 25 to 99 schools
0.9% 9 1.3% 10 10 to 24 schools
2.3% 23 3.2% 25 5 to 9 schools
82.5% 833 82.0% 635 1 to 4 schools
14.2% 143 13.0% 101 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% 1,537 100% 1,396 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
98.8% 1,518 95.5% 1,333 Regular schools
1.2% 19 4.5% 63 Special education schools
0.0 % 0 0.0% 0 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
45.4% 698 46.1% 644 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
17.4% 268 11.2% 156 PK, K, 1 to 8
2.5% 38 4.5% 63 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
3.3% 50 3.0% 42 7 to 8, 9
15.3% 235 15.7% 219 7, 8 to 12
5.8% 89 6.9% 96 9, 10, 11 to 12
10.2% 157 11.4% 159 Other grades
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Ungraded
0.1% 2 1.2% 17 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
1,478 4,104 Prekindergarten
23,255 21,874 Kindergarten
23,188 22,224 First
22,052 21,443 Second
20,714 21,158 Third
20,057 21,440 Fourth
19,544 22,120 Fifth
18,879 22,548 Sixth
19,861 23,023 Seventh
19,138 22,912 Eighth
19,123 24,047 Ninth
20,374 23,790 Tenth
20,690 21,498 Eleventh
19,747 19,786 Twelfth
Ungraded


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


1987 1996  
13.9% Students in special education with IEPs
18.0% 21.0% School membership eligible for free lunch
9.8% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
94.1% 18,129  96.9% 18,014 Regular diploma
  - 0.2% 44 Other diploma
5.9% 1,127 2.1% 394 High school equivalency
0.3% 0.7% 139 Other completers
     4.5% Dropouts
      57.5% Dropouts who were male
      29.8% 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
227.5 282.8 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
29.8% 24.1% Students below basic level
70.2% 75.9% Students at or above basic level
24.4% 30.8% Students at or above proficient level
2.3% 5.2% Students at advanced level
157.3 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  28.9% Students below basic level
  71.1% Students at or above basic level
  34.7% Students at or above proficient level
  2.7% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 31,809 100% 38,038 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
55.7% 17,713 53.0% 20,174 Teachers
7.8% 2,472 9.5% 3,629 Instructional aides
        Support staff
1.6% 513 2.0% 757 Guidance counselors/directors
1.6% 498 2.5% 967 Librarians/library support
4.8% 1,526 5.1% 1,958 Administrative support
23.7% 7,535 23.0% 8,743 Other support services
        Administrators
3.3% 1,038 2.5% 969 School-based
1.6% 514 2.2% 841 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
1.3 1.1 Teacher to all other staff ratio
11.4 11.1 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  
$15,587 $21,189 Average beginning teacher salary
$22,683 $31,768 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
0.0% 0.2% Public school teachers with no degree
61.5% 61.5% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
34.7% 36.0% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
3.8% 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)
$16,453 $31,413 National school lunch
$900 $3,973 National school breakfast
$19,717 $32,579 Title I
$11,320 $19,863 Education for the handicapped
$6,444 $7,935 Vocational and adult education
$5,042 $7,380 School improvement
$8,990 $12,679 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$364 $546 Bilingual education
$374 $34 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)
$1,034,017 $1,954,789 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$3,857 $6,695 Revenue per pupil in membership
$995,235 $1,707,455 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$3,712 $5,848 Current expenditure per pupil in membership


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