Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2015–16 (Fiscal Year 2016) First Look

This First Look report presents data on public elementary and secondary education revenues and expenditures at the local education agency (LEA) or school district level for fiscal year (FY) 2016. Specifically, this report includes findings for the following types of … Read More

Instructional Staff Salary and Benefits Spending: 1991–2011

Between 1991 and 2011, spending on instructional staff compensation, including salary and benefits, comprised more than half of current expenditures for public elementary and secondary education. During this period, spending on instructional staff compensation increased nationally by $101 billion (54 … Read More

Teaching Vacancies and Difficult-to-Staff Teaching Positions in Public Schools

Activate Research co-authored “Teaching Vacancies and Difficult-to-Staff Teaching Positions in Public Schools.” Compared to the 1999–2000 school year, a lower percentage of public schools had at least one teaching vacancy in the 2011–12 school year, according to “Teaching Vacancies and … Read More

Public School Teacher Autonomy in the Classroom Across School Years 2003–04, 2007–08, and 2011–12

Compared to 2003–04, along nearly every teacher and school characteristic, larger percentages of teachers perceived low autonomy in 2007–08, with still larger percentages in 2011–12, according to “Public School Teacher Autonomy in the Classroom Across School Years 2003–04, 2007–08, and … Read More

Instructional Time for Third- and Eighth-Graders in Public and Private Schools: School Year 2011-12

This Statistics in Brief examines the amount of time that students in grades 3 and 8 spent on different activities in 2011-12 and compares how, if at all, this time varied by activity, school sector, and grade. Based on reporting … Read More

Public Elementary and Secondary School Arts Education Instructors

Activate Research co-authored “Public Elementary and Secondary School Arts Education Instructors.” This Statistics in Brief uses data from two administrations of the Fast Response Survey System to present findings related to the different types of school staff (e.g., full-time staff, … Read More

Changes in America’s Public School Facilities: From School Year 1998-99 to School Year 2012-13

This Statistics in Brief summarizes the changes from the 1998-99 to the 2012-13 school years in the average age of public schools, rating of satisfaction of the environmental quality of school facilities, the cost to put school buildings in good … Read More

Preparation and Support for Teachers in Public Schools: Reflections on the First Year of Teaching

This brief investigates early-career teachers’ preparation for teaching and receipt of support by selected characteristics of the schools in which they taught during the 2011–12 school year. The specific school characteristics included in this report are school classification (traditional public … Read More