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While elementary schools have shown progress on national achievement exams, high-school results have remained low. The nation's long-term prosperity depends on improving the nation's high schools and preparing students to compete in a global economy.

At the local level and for much of the nation, opportunities, performance and productivity in high schools is tied directly to literacy and the local economy. While America has long sought, somewhat unsuccessfully, to reduce poverty, the greatest weapon and opportunity sits before us: improving America's high schools.

Although funding for high school operations remains a significant issue, more can done with what is available -- applied and allocated in different ways. The largest Federal elementary and secondary funding program, the ESEA Title I, is designed specifically to improve educational opportunities in areas with high poverty incidence. Yet little is known about the impact of these expenditures. More successful direction and guidance for best practices in the use of these funds at the school level is badly needed.

Examine high schools and areas of interest using the interactive ranking table shown below. The ranking table includes all U.S. high schools with a reported grade 12 enrollment during the 2008-09 school year.

America's High Schools: Characteristics & Patterns
  Interactive ranking table -- click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction.
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  • Click on a 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 schools 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.

Many columns with area names are intentionally set with narrow width to conserve space. Expand/contract a column width by clicking the column divider in the header and dragging right or left.

Additional column information:
School Code -- Federal school code
State -- State USPS abbreviation
SchDist -- School district name
Metro -- Metro area name
CBSA -- CBSA code for metro
FIPST -- FIPS state code
ZIP -- ZIP code
Locale -- Locale code
Stcty -- State + County FIPS code
CtyName -- County Name
CD111 -- 111th Congressional District code
TchFTE -- Teacher full-time equivalence
Lo -- Low grage offered in school
Hi -- High grade offered in school
T1 -- ESEA Title I eligible
T1SW -- ESEA Title I schoolwide
CHARTR -- charter school
FRELCH -- free lunch students
REDLCH -- reduced lunch fee students
TOTFRL -- total free & reduced lunch eligible students
G11 -- grade 11 students
G12 -- grade 12 students
Students -- total students
PUPTCH -- pupil-teacher ratio

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