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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