The Comparative Guide to American Elementary & Secondary Schools

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The Comparative Guide to American Elementary & Secondary Schools


Sleeman, Susan L., International Journal of Instructional Media


The Comparative Guide To American Elementary & Secondary Schools, Fifth Edition 2008, Grey House Publishing, P O box 860, 185 Millerton, NY 12546.

The newly updated 2008 Edition of The Comparative Guide To American Elementary & Secondary Schools is one of the most comprehensive guides for the American Public School System representing almost 80% of the public schools in the country. The Comparative Guide to Elementary & Secondary Schools provides extensive demographic and comparative statistics from a wide range of sources. The demographics and statistics are organized in a user-friendly format creating an easy to use resource for educational professionals, businesses, and families seeking information about school districts and their communities.

The Comparative Guide to Elementary & Secondary Schools has combined an in depth look at school districts across the country. Each district listing provides contact information (phone, fax, addresses, student staff ratios, and college entrance exam scores). The information regarding districts, test scores, and ranking data is arranged into state chapters which are then divided into three sections: state education profiles, school district profiles, and school district rankings.

Section one (i.e. state education profiles) includes all schools within a given state. The entries provide detailed statistics on each school, students, diploma recipients, high school drop out rates, staff, student staff ratio, and test scores from The National Assessment of Educational Progress.

In the second section on the school district profiles, The Comparative Guide To American Elementry & Secondary Schools covers individual school districts that are arranged alphabetically by county and then by the name of the school district. The district profiles include basic contact information as well as information on 9 other categories: i.e. district type, number and type of schools, grade span, number of teachers, number of librarian/media specialists, guidance counselors, current spending, drop out rates and diploma recipients by race and ethnicity, gender ratio, and number of high school diploma recipients by race.

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