American Community Survey
... examining children's demographics & school district characteristics & patterns
Children's demographics ... the School District Special Tabulation (SDST) contains demographic summary data about children and their living characteristics by school district. An important feature of the SDST is that the data are tabulated for several types of enrollment universes. This enables us to examine, for example, characteristics of school age children enrolled in public school versus private school -- or not enrolled at all. The SDST is now developed annually and based on the American Community Survey (details, history).
This section provides an interactive ranking table that contains selected population by age items based on the 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) 3-year estimates (data for 2006-08, centric to mid-2007) SDST. See about updates. ACS 3-year estimates are available for areas/school districts/ with population 20,000 or more. The data are available for the 3,356 largest school districts. SDST data for all school districts will be available in mid-2011. See details.
The ranking table below provides population by age data from the ACS 2008 table B01001 (details about tables). A record/row exists for each of the SDST tabulation universes. Optionally filter on the SDST tabulation universe and then sort (use buttons below ranking table to filter). There are hundreds of SDST subject matter tables available for each school district. See the list of SDST tabulation universes below the ranking table.
Viewing Largest Districts. The table contains 7 rows for each district. To view the largest districts in the U.S. (based on 2008-09 enrollment - note you can choose other criteria) use the universe dropdown below the table and select universe 1 TP. Now dbl-click the S0809 column header twice; dbl-click once more. The largest districts are now shown; the rank is shown in the left column.
... Largest by State. States with the largest number of large school districts include California (418), Texas (207) and Illinois (202). To view the largest school districts in a state, 1) click ShowAll button, 2) use the dropdown to select state, 3) use universe dropdown to select universe 1T, and 4) dbl-click the S0809 column header twice; now dbl-click once more. Optionally rank on an item/column other than S0809.
ACS0608 School District Special Tabulation Interactive Ranking Table
2006-08 3-year estimates in rightmost 7 columns.
Click column header to sort; again to sort other direction. Usage notes below table.
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Ranking Table Usage Notes
Use the vertical scrollbar at far right in table to scroll across (up/down) districts/rows.
Optionally sort on selected column or view only districts in one state then sort ...
Click on column header to sort on that column; click column header again to sort in other direction.
Click ShowAll button to show all areas and restore full set of data view.
Click State to view districts in a selected state (click ShowAll between selections).
Find by Name: key in partial area name in text box to right of Find-in-Name button
then click button to locate all matches (case sensitive).
See related ranking tables.
More About Ranking Table Structure
The table shows 7 rows for each school district. Each row corresponds to an SDST tabulation universe. The SDST tabulation universe is shown in the "Universe" column. See the description of the universes below. To view across districts for any one universe, use the Universe filter button below the table. When using the Universe filter button, remember to click the ShowAll button between different universe selections.
Grade Relevant Children Not Enrolled
Grade Relevant Children Not Enrolled (RCNE) is the "superset" of dropouts ... it includes dropouts plus those who have never been in school to become a dropout. Grade Relevant Children Not Enrolled are shown in the ranking table (above) in rows with "7TRCNE" in the Universe column. For example, click the ShowAll button and then Find in Name button to view Houston ISD, TX. There are an estimated 7,590 grade relevant children ages 5-17 who live in this district but are not enrolled in K-12 school. There are an additional 5,705 population ages 18-19 who are not enrolled in school and not high school graduates that live in this district. While these numbers go up and down each year, these numbers "somewhat" renew each year.
Compare grade relevant children not enrolled (RCNE) to total grade relevant children (TRC) ...
Access District Profile; View Extended Data
Click on the code (Code column) link in the table to display a profile for that district. The profile is for the total population of the whole district and does not show SDST subuniverse data. The initial display shows the selected district in a side-by-side comparison structure. To compare your district of interest to another district, follow these steps:
On the "School District Comparative Profiles" page, click the "Profiles" dropdown and select ACS 2006-2008
Select states for districts to be compared in the next view/screen.
Select specific districts to be compared in the next view/screen.
The comparison profile appears.
To orient, the value on the "Total" line under the "Primary District Number" on the "School District Comparative Profiles" page should be the same as the value in the "TPop" column for the "1TP" universe row for the same district in the ranking table.
Ranking Table Column Descriptions
S0708 -- number of students (UG, PK-12) in district reported by state education agency for 2007-08.
S0809 -- number of students (UG, PK-12) in district reported by state education agency for 2008-09.
- 1 TP -- total population
- 2 TC -- total children (ages 0-19; 18 & 19 not high school graduate
... grade relevant children (below) are for ages 0-19; 18 & 19 not high school graduate.
... grade relevant exclude population below age 3.
- 3 TRC -- total grade relevant children
- 4 TRCE -- total grade relevant children -- enrolled
- 5 TRCEPB -- total grade relevant children -- enrolled public
- 6 TRCEPV -- total grade relevant children -- enrolled private
- 7 TGRCNE -- total grade relevant children -- not enrolled
ACS 2006-08 3-year estimate population by age items
... these items are estimates centric to mid-2007
TPop -- total population -- for that universe
<5yrs -- population under 5 years -- for that universe
5-9yrs -- population ages 5-9 years -- for that universe
10-14yrs -- population ages 10-14 years -- for that universe
15-17yrs -- population ages 15-17 years -- for that universe
5-17yrs -- population ages 5-17 years -- for that universe
18-19yrs -- population ages 18-19 years -- for that universe
1990 Census SDST. The School District Special Tabulation (SDST) was first developed as a special tabulation of the 1990 Census basic record file. Development of the SDST is sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education.
Census 2000 SDST. The Census 2000 SDST contains data similar in scope to the 1990 Census SDST.
Census 2010 SDST. No Census 2010 SDST is planned.
American Community Survey (ACS). The SDST data have been developed from the ACS 2007 (3-year estimates 2005-07) and ACS 2008 (3-year estimates 2006-08). These data are tabulated for all school districts with 20,000 population or more (ACS tabulation threshold). The SDST ACS 2005-09 5-year estimates are expected in mid-2011, centric to mid-2007, and will provide estimates for all school districts based on boundaries as of the 2007-08 school year. The SDST ACS 2006-10 5-year estimates are expected in mid-2012, centric to mid-2008, and will provide estimates for all school districts based on boundaries as of the 2009-10 school year.
Scope of Detailed Table Data
Detailed data from the decennial census and ACS data are organized by table. Each table provides summary statistic(s) for one or more related items. For example, table B01001 provides data on the population by age.
See more detailed information about tables in the documents listed below.
List of Tables (491 KB)
List of Tables Deleted from the Detailed Tables for 2006-2008 (70 KB)
List of Tables Added to the Detailed Tables for 2006-2008 (78 KB)
Changes to the Title in the Detailed Tables for 2006-2008 (115 KB)
Terms and Concepts (114 KB)
Subject Definitions (499 KB)
Accuracy of the Data (179 KB)
All ACS 2008 Detailed Table Shells (3.6 MB)
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