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School District Data Profiles

Are you searching for socia/economic data? Here's a nifty way to get a custom profile for any School District within the US

I recently stumbled accross this interesting website hosted at OSU - Oregon State University School District Data Book Profiles: 1989-1990 offers viewers a simple to use front end to access detailed School District profiles and socio/economic data. The School District Data Book, from the National Center for Education Statistics, is an electronic library containing social, financial and administrative data for each of the 15,274 school districts in the United States for 1989-1990. Users searching for even more data can access population, agricultural, and economic databases from the site as well.

Smply select a state from the map, then chose a County. After a short wait, a detailed profile of the County will appear. Below I have included an example report produced for Okaloosa County, Florida. A more brief summary report can also be produced, as can detailed School District financial reports.

             S c h o o l   D i s t r i c t   D a t a   B o o k        
               === General Characteristics Profile (Summary) ===       

Primary Area . . . . . . OKALOOSA COUNTY SCH DIST      
Comparison Area 1  . . . FLORIDA                       
Comparison Area 2  . . . UNITED STATES                 

                                     Primary Area        Area 1         Area 2
State-County-District Codes          12-000-01380   12-000-00000   00-000-00000
Metropolitan Area  (MSA) Code            00-2750        00-0000          -    
County Code  (Some Districts)                091            000               
Zip Code  (Some Districts)                 32536          00000               
Grade Range  (Districts)                   PK-12          00-00          00-00

Total Persons                            143,776     12,937,926    248,709,873
 Percent Urban                             83.97          84.79          75.21
 Percent White                             85.16          73.34          75.76
 Percent Black                              8.92          13.17          11.77
 Percent Amer Ind, Eskimo, Aleut            0.58           0.31           0.75
 Percent Asian/Pacific Islander             2.42           1.11           2.81
 Percent Hispanic                           2.89          12.02           8.81
 Percent Other                              0.03           0.05           0.10
 Percent in Poverty                         9.86          12.40          12.76

Total Housing Units                       62,569      6,100,262    102,263,678

Median Housing Value            $         70,195         76,487         78,500
Median Household Income         $         27,941         27,483         30,056
Per Capita Income in 1989       $         13,147         14,698         14,420

Total Children                            31,843      2,485,246     55,325,634
 Enrolled                                 26,289      2,033,567     45,745,358
  Percent Public of Those Enr'd            93.13          85.76          87.18
  Percent Private of Those Enr'd            6.87          14.24          12.82

 Percent Urban                             84.78          83.31          72.82
 Percent White                             80.51          63.48          68.92
 Percent Black                             12.62          20.88          14.77
 Percent Amer Ind, Eskimo, Aleut            0.54           0.33           1.00
 Percent Asian & Pacific Islander           3.08           1.41           3.10
 Percent Hispanic                           3.23          13.79          12.04
 Percent Other                              0.03           0.11           0.17

 Percent in Poverty                        14.68          18.25          17.84

Students per Teacher                          17             17             17

Total Revenue per Student       $          4,615          5,548          5,154
 Federal Revenue per Student    $            344            333            302
Total Expenditure per Student   $          5,151          5,694          5,203

Aditional documentation provided at gives some explanations as to the limitations of the data. Please be sure to consult this information.

More About School Districts Census Mapping Project

Development of the School District Data Book started in 1988 with the Census Mapping Project. Under this initiative, sponsored by the Nation- al Center for Education Statistics and coordinated by the Council of Chief State School Officers, all states participated in a program to develop school district maps. The maps, the first complete set ever to be developed for the nation, were the critical first step in the devel- opment of the database.

A public school district is an area whose public schools are administra- tively affiliated with a local education agency recognized by the state education agency as responsible for implementing the state's elementary and secondary public education program. Through the Census Mapping Project, 15,274 school districts were mapped.

School districts delineated by the Census Mapping Project are usually the same as those referenced in the NCES Common Core of Data Program. Accordingly, the Census Mapping Project used names and codes from the 1989-90 Common Core of Data as a means of identification.

Most areas of the U.S. are covered by one or more school districts. However, there are parts of some states that are not covered by any school district. These 60 areas are referred to as "balance of county" areas and treated as "pseudo" school districts in the SDDB. As a re- sult, all areas of the U.S. are accounted for through the Census Mapping Project.

Paper maps developed by individual states were sent to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The Census Bureau digitized the maps and transferred the resulting data into the Census Bureau's TIGER System. The TIGER (Topo logically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) System is used by the Census Bureau as a way of tabulating address-oriented data. Once the school district maps were a part of the TIGER system, each of the nation's 6.5 million census blocks could be uniquely associated with their respective school districts.

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