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Utah
Utah
Utah State Office of Education, 250 East 500 South,
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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Superintendent of Education
Superintendent Steven O. Laing, (801) 538-7510
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
James P. O'Hara, (801) 538-7665
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Patricia Bowles, (801) 538-7577

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
423,386 481,812 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
725 742 Public schools
17,124 19,734 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
84,916 84,916 Land area in square miles
5.0 5.7 Public school students per square mile
0.9 0.9 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
1,678 2,018 State population (in thousands)
$2,185 $3,751 State revenue per capita
$1,909 $3,311 State expenditure per capita
$436 $762 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$59,967 $102,611 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 48 100% 47 Total public education agencies
83.3% 40 85.1% 40 Regular school districts
12.5% 6 10.6% 5 Regional service agencies
4.2% 2 4.3% 2 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
16.7% 8 19.1% 9 25 to 99 schools
31.3% 15 25.5% 12 10 to 24 schools
16.7% 8 23.4% 11 5 to 9 schools
18.8% 9 21.3% 10 1 to 4 schools
16.7% 8 10.6% 5 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% 725 100% 742 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
90.2% 654 91.0% 675 Regular schools
4.7% 34 3.1% 23 Special education schools
0.4% 3 0.3% 2 Vocational schools
4.7% 34 5.7% 42 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
58.9% 427 56.7% 421 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
0.4% 3 0.5% 4 PK, K, 1 to 8
5.5% 40 4.9% 36 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
9.5% 69 10.8% 80 7 to 8, 9
3.9% 28 5.5% 41 7, 8 to 12
14.6% 106 13.3% 99 9, 10, 11 to 12
3.0% 22 6.5% 48 Other grades
4.1% 30 1.8% 13 Ungraded
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
3,784 Prekindergarten
37,235 34,882 Kindergarten
37,239 35,848 First
37,933 34,914 Second
36,575 35,088 Third
33,159 34,227 Fourth
34,640 34,890 Fifth
32,967 35,307 Sixth
30,331 36,225 Seventh
29,148 36,860 Eighth
28,117 38,742 Ninth
26,792 38,071 Tenth
26,684 37,623 Eleventh
25,076 34,795 Twelfth
7,490 10,556 Ungraded


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


1987 1996  
11.2% Students in special education with IEPs
18.8% School membership eligible for free lunch
11.9% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
100.0% 20,930  89.1% 26,293 Regular diploma
  5.2% 1,526 Other diploma
  3.9% 1,154 High school equivalency
  1.8% 544 Other completers
    4.4% Dropouts
      54.3% Dropouts who were male
      22.7% 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
226.5 276.8 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
31.4% 30.3% Students below basic level
68.6% 69.7% Students at or above basic level
22.7% 24.4% Students at or above proficient level
1.7% 2.5% Students at advanced level
156.0 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  29.8% Students below basic level
  70.2% Students at or above basic level
  31.7% Students at or above proficient level
  2.1% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 29,976 100% 37,461 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
57.1% 17,124 52.7% 19,734 Teachers
8.5% 2,561 13.4% 5,004 Instructional aides
        Support staff
1.4% 412 1.6% 594 Guidance counselors/directors
2.1% 633 1.9% 708 Librarians/library support
5.6% 1,667 6.8% 2,536 Administrative support
21.5% 6,453 19.6% 7,339 Other support services
        Administrators
2.7% 804 2.5% 951 School-based
1.1% 322 1.6% 595 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
15.2 12.8 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  
$15,315 $21,475 Average beginning teacher salary
$22,572 $31,310 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
0.6% 1.2% Public school teachers with no degree
73.3% 70.7% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
20.5% 23.5% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
5.6% 4.6% 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)
$20,561 $40,722 National school lunch
$556 $4,625 National school breakfast
$14,886 $31,793 Title I
$15,973 $30,134 Education for the handicapped
$7,366 $13,171 Vocational and adult education
$6,929 $11,788 School improvement
$8,937 $4,949 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$884 $903 Bilingual education
$864 . 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)
$1,183,399 $2,198,285 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$2,795 $4,563 Revenue per pupil in membership
$974,666 $1,822,725 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$2,302 $3,783 Current expenditure per pupil in membership


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