Monthly Archive for November, 2010

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Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 2008-09

Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 2008-09
By: Jennifer Sable, Chris Plotts, & Lindsey Mitchell
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

This annual report provides basic information from the Common Core of Data about the nation’s largest public school districts in the 2008-09 school year. The data include such characteristics as the number of students and teachers, number of high school completers and the averaged freshman graduation rate, and revenues and expenditures. Findings include: In 2008-09, these 100 largest districts enrolled 22 percent of all public school students, and employed 22 percent of all public school teachers. The districts produced 20 percent of all high school completers (both diploma and other completion credential recipients) in 2007-08. Three states — California, Florida, and Texas — accounted for almost half of the 100 largest public school districts. Current per-pupil expenditures in fiscal year 2008 ranged from a low of $6,363 in the Granite District, Utah to a high of $23,298 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Older Americans 2010 — Key Indicators of Well-Being

Older Americans 2010 — Key Indicators of Well-Being
Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics

Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being is one in a series of periodic reports to the Nation on the condition of older adults in the United States. The indicators assembled in this chartbook show the results of decades of progress. Older Americans are living longer and enjoying greater prosperity than any previous generation. Despite these advances, inequalities between the sexes and among income groups and racial and ethnic groups continue to exist. As the baby boomers continue to age and America’s older population grows larger and more diverse, community leaders, policymakers, and researchers will have an even greater need to monitor the health and economic well-being of older Americans. In this report, 37 indicators depict the well-being of older Americans in the areas of demographic characteristics, economic circumstances, overall health status, health risks and behaviors, and cost and use of health care services.

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Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools

A Call for Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools
By: Sharon Lewis, Candace Simon, Renata Uzzell, Amanda Horwitz, and Michael Casserly
Source: Council of the Great City Schools

This report presents stark data on the differences between black and white academic and social achievement from the cradle to adulthood, describing “comprehensive challenges” facing African-American males nationwide and in the major cities.

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