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Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2010-11 - First Look - This report presents findings on the numbers and types of public elementary and secondary schools in the United States and other jurisdictions in the 2008-09 school year, using data from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey of the Common Core of Data (CCD) survey system. (Chen-Su Chen, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2010)...

Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Local Education Agencies From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2007-08--Selected Findings 2007-08 School Year - This report presents findings on the numbers and types of public elementary and secondary local education agencies in the United States and other jurisdictions in the 2007-08 school year, using data from the Local Education Agency Universe Survey of the Common Core of Data (CCD) survey system. The CCD is an annual collection of data that are reported by state education agencies to the National Center for Education Statistics through the U.S. Department of Education's EDFacts data collection system. (National Center for Education Statistics, 2010)...

Advantages and Disadvantages of Multiage Classrooms in the Era of NCLB Accountability - In addition to exploring the advantages and disadvantages of multiage classrooms, this policy brief highlights some state programs using a multiage model in order to deepen understanding about, and advance effective implementation of multiage education programs. (Ruiting Song, Terry E. Spradlin and Jonathan A. Plucker, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Education Policy Brief, January 2009)...

Should Sixth Grade be in Elementary or Middle School? An Analysis of Grade Configuration and Student Behavior - This paper examines data from public schools in North Carolina to determine the best grade configuration for schools that serve early adolescents, particularly 6th graders. The authors find that 6th grade students attending middle schools were much more likely to be cited for discipline problems than those attending elementary school, even after adjusting for socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. The effects were found to persist at least through 9th grade. (Phillip J. Cook, Robert MacCoun, Clara Muschkin and Jacob Vigdor, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University, February 2007) ...

Assessing the Policy Environment for School Corporation Collaboration, Cooperation and Consolidation in Indiana - This policy brief examines the research regarding efforts to consolidate school corporations or form cooperative agreements for shared services. Next, the brief examines more thoroughly those policy levers which are contributing to the elevated discussion concerning consolidation and shared services in Indiana. Finally, the brief presents recommendations to advance the dialogue on consolidation, collaboration and cooperation. (Jonathan Plucker, Terry Spradlin, Marshall Magaro, Rosanne Chien and Jason Zapf, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, 2007)...

State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2005 - This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for fiscal year 2005. The report includes information on governance, collections and services, service outlets and staff, revenue and expenditures. (Barbara Holton, Elaine Kroe, Patricia O'Shea, Cindy Sheckells, Suzanne Dorinski and Michael Freeman, National Center for Education Statistics, December 2006) ...

Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public and Leadership Attitudes About Libraries in the 21st Century - This survey finds Americans prize public library service and see libraries as potential solutions to many communities’ most pressing problems, from universal access to computers to the need for better options for keeping teens safe and productive. But few Americans are aware of the increasingly tenuous financial picture faced by many libraries. Forty-five percent give an "A" to their local community for maintaining well-run libraries, far ahead of any other community institutions, including schools, parks and police. Higher-income families are even more likely to use public libraries than low-income families. (Public Agenda, August 2006) ...

Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2004 - This report provides summary information about public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 2004. It covers service measures such as number of users of electronic resources, number of internet terminals used by the general public, reference transactions, public service hours, interlibrary loans, circulation, library visits, children’s program attendance, and circulation of children’s materials. It also includes information about size of collection, staffing, operating revenue and expenditures, type of geographic service area, type of legal basis, type of administrative structure, number and type of public library service outlets and square footage of outlets. (Adrienne Chute, P. Elaine Kroe, Patricia O’Shea, Terri Craig, Michael Freeman, Laura Hardesty, Joanna Fane McLaughlin and Cynthia Jo Ramsey, National Center for Education Statistics, August 2006)...

Selected Tables from the: 2003-04 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) PDF - Access SASS tables detailing information on libraries in the public schools. Full report available here. (Gregory A. Strizek, Jayme L. Pittsonberger, Kate E. Riordan, Deanna M. Lyter, Greg F. Orlofsky and Kerry Gruber, National Center for Education Statistics, March 2006)...

Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2003 - This report provides information about libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, covering service measures such as access to the internet, number of users of electronic resources, number of internet terminals used by the general public, reference transactions, public service hours, interlibrary loans, circulation, library visits, children's program attendance and circulation of children's materials. Also included is information about size of collection, staffing, operating revenue and expenditures, type of geographic service area, type of legal basis, type of administrative structure, number and type of public library service outlets and square footage of outlets. (Adrienne Chute, P. Elaine Kroe, Patricia O'Shea, Terri Craig, Michael Freeman, Laura Hardesty, Joanna Fane McLaughlin and Cynthia Jo Ramsey, National Center for Education Statistics, September 2005)...

School Libraries Work! - This report brings together findings from empirical research on the impact of school libraries on student achievement, including 15 studies conducted in 14 states on the association between school libraries and student performance. The Resources section provides links and references to the state studies. (Scholastic, 2004)...

Directory of Public Elementary and Secondary Education Agencies 2002-03 - This reference document lists all reported public elementary and secondary education agencies in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, five outlying areas, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Defense. (Lena M. McDowell and John P. Sietsema, National Center for Education Statistics, March 2005)...

The Status of Public and Private School Library Media Centers in the United States: 1999-2000 - This report examines the state of school library media centers using data from the 1999-2000 School and Staffing Survey. The report is laid out in four sections: (1) library media center characteristics, (2) library media staff characteristics, (3) library media center expenditures and collection holdings, and (4) library media center policies. Data are disaggregated by private or public school, region, community type, school level, school size and at the state level. (Barbara Holton, Yupin Bae, Susan Baldridge, Michelle Brown and Dan Heffron, National Center for Education Statistics, March 2004) ...

New on the Shelf: Teens in the Library - The Wallace Foundation launched the Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development (PLPYD) in 1999 to support the development of models of public library systems that would provide high-quality educational enrichment and career development programs for underserved low-income teenagers and children. This paper summarizes the findings of a four-year evaluation of the PLPYD initiative, and discusses the potential benefits for teens, libraries and communities. (Julie Spielberger, Carol Horton and Lisa Michels, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, 2004) ...

School Library Media Centers: Selected Results from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 - This report provides an overview of the state of school library media centers available for U.S. 10th graders. The report examines general information regarding libraries, including such library resources as collections, services, equipment and technology in addition to expenditures, staffing, librarian collaboration with teachers, and use of school libraries. Also included are sections on student reported use of, and attitudes toward, school libraries. (Leslie Scott and Jeffrey Owings, National Center for Education Statistics, December 2004) ...

K-8 Schools May Help School Districts Improve Student Performance - This concise report examines the extent to which school districts across the country have moved from a middle school configuration to K-8 schools, the reasons for these shifts, the evidence that K-8 schools promote student success, and lessons learned from other states’ experience in middle grades configurations. While nationwide data on middle grade configurations is scarce, the past decade has seen several large districts shift to K-8 configurations, all citing student performance as the cause. More research is needed since the evaluations “did not take into consideration other factors that influence student success,” such as teacher and facility quality, community and parental involvement, among others. (Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, Florida Legislature, January 2005)...

A Brief Profile of America's Public Schools - This report provides a national perspective on a variety of areas of interest, including school demographics, safety measures in use, principal work experience, teacher workloads, perceptions of school crime levels, and school libraries. (Barbara Holton, National Center for Education Statistics, June 2003)...

Small School Districts and Economies of Scale MS Word - Among the findings of this report are there is no universal agreement on the ideal size for schools or districts, and the states with the largest schools and school districts have the worst achievement and social outcomes. (Louisiana Department of Education, May 2003)...

Annenberg-Sponsored Poll Shows Urban Residents Concerned Their Children Will Be Left Behind - A poll conducted for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University found that urban Americans reject "one-school-at-a-time" approaches to improving urban schools. The poll also found a strong preference for districtwide solutions that target all schools within a community. In addition, 74% of respondents voiced their concern that a provision of the No Child Left Behind law allowing students from under-performing schools to transfer to higher-performing schools will end up harming the struggling urban schools from which students transfer. (Annenberg Institute for School Reform, October 2002)...

The Future of School Facilities: Getting Ahead of the Curve - By examining five trends in education, this paper looks at what these trends say about the kinds of buildings and spaces districts will need for future schools. The five trends are: (1) school performance for all students, not just those who learn best in traditional settings; (2) personalized learning; (3) technologies that change how teachers teach and students learn; (4) periodic shortages of teachers and school leaders; and (5) shifts in student population and residency patterns that affect school facilities and demand more from schools. (Michael DeArmond, Sara Taggart, and Paul Hill, Center on Reinventing Public Education, May 2002)...

Review of Research on School District Size - This article reviews the research on school district size, covering 44 journal articles, books or reports that address the issue of school district size. (Sibyll Carnochan, University of California, Los Angeles, Winter, 1997)...


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