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Education, 1996-97State Profiles of Public Elementary and Secondary Education, 1996-97
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North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 301 North Wilmington Street,
Raleigh, NC 27601-2825
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Superintendent of Education
Superintendent Michael E. Ward, (919) 715-1299
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Engin Konanc, (919) 715-1609
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Engin Konanc, (919) 715-1609

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
1,085,976 1,210,108 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
1,952 2,005 Public schools
59,771 75,239 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
52,586 52,586 Land area in square miles
20.7 23.0 Public school students per square mile
3.7 3.8 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
6,404 7,309 State population (in thousands)
$1,976 $3,438 State revenue per capita
$1,695 $3,079 State expenditure per capita
$430 $634 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$109,334 $155,095 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 142 100% 123 Total public education agencies
98.6% 140 96.7% 119 Regular school districts
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Regional service agencies
1.4% 2 1.6% 2 State-operated agencies
0.0% 0 1.6% 2 Federally operated and other types


1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by number of schools
0.7% 1 1.6% 2 100 or more schools
7.7% 11 15.4% 19 25 to 99 schools
42.3% 60 39.0% 48 10 to 24 schools
34.5% 49 26.8% 33 5 to 9 schools
13.4% 19 14.6% 18 1 to 4 schools
1.4% 2 2.4% 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% 1,952 100% 2,005 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
97.5% 1,903 95.8% 1,920 Regular schools
1.3% 26 1.2% 25 Special education schools
0.1 % 1 0.4% 9 Vocational schools
1.1 % 22 2.5% 51 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
46.2% 902 49.6% 994 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
7.8% 153 5.6% 112 PK, K, 1 to 8
12.6% 245 16.5% 331 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
7.0% 137 2.7% 54 7 to 8, 9
1.8% 36 1.5% 30 7, 8 to 12
14.4% 282 15.1% 302 9, 10, 11 to 12
8.5% 165 8.7% 174 Other grades
1.3% 25 0.0% 0 Ungraded
0.4% 7 0.4% 8 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
833 8,535 Prekindergarten
84,705 102,435 Kindergarten
85,622 105,756 First
82,943 102,288 Second
81,002 98,400 Third
79,536 94,840 Fourth
80,164 93,888 Fifth
77,844 94,929 Sixth
83,391 93,141 Seventh
83,024 91,793 Eighth
91,845 105,771 Ninth
87,173 85,120 Tenth
81,024 71,471 Eleventh
72,339 61,593 Twelfth
14,531 148 Ungraded


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


1987 1996  
12.6% Students in special education with IEPs
24.5% 30.4% School membership eligible for free lunch
14.2% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts

91.1%

65,421 88.1% 57,014 Regular diploma
0.9% 624 0.1% 41 Other diploma
6.5% 4,676 9.7% 6,270 High school equivalency
1.5% 1,100 2.1% 1,357 Other completers
     Dropouts
      Dropouts who were male
      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
224.3 267.8 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
35.6% 43.9% Students below basic level
64.4% 56.1% Students at or above basic level
21.2% 20.0% Students at or above proficient level
2.4% 3.0% Students at advanced level
. 146.6 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  43.6% Students below basic level
  56.4% Students at or above basic level
  23.9% Students at or above proficient level
  1.6% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 114,243 100% 145,098 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
52.3% 59,771 51.8% 75,239 Teachers
14.9% 17,002 16.2% 23,537 Instructional aides
        Support staff
1.7% 1,982 2.1% 3,025 Guidance counselors/directors
1.8% 2,043 2.3% 3,377 Librarians/library support
5.6% 27,762 Administrative support
24.3% 27,762 17.7% 25,711 Other support services
        Administrators
3.2 3,643 1.8% 4,132 School-based
1.8 2,040 1.4% 1,984 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  
1.1 1.1 Teacher to all other staff ratio
10.5 12.3 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  
$17,540 $21,136 Average beginning teacher salary
$24,900 $31,167 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
0.3% 1.0% Public school teachers with no degree
67.8% 62.2% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
29.6% 35.0% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
2.3% 1.7% 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)
$84,409 $158,778 National school lunch
$19,779 $41,376 National school breakfast
$96,705 $148,214 Title I
$71,341 $94,649 Education for the handicapped
$29,005 $41,207 Vocational and adult education
$19,614 $35,960 School improvement
$9,006 $6,223 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$124 $1,367 Bilingual education
$1,843 $17 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)
$3,789,548 $6,515,608 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$3,490 $5,384 Revenue per pupil in membership
$3,424,194 $5,964,939 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$3,153 $4,929 Current expenditure per pupil in membership


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