November 29, 2015

Fast Facts: National Center for Education Statistics Releases New Data About U.S. Schools (2011-2012)

From the National Center for Education Statistics:

This First Look report presents findings on the numbers and types of public elementary and secondary schools and local education agencies and public school student enrollment and staff in the United States for school year 2011–12.

Findings include:

  • There were 98,328 operating public elementary/secondary schools in the school year 2011–12 that included 1,517 new schools that opened for the first time. States reported 1,840 schools that closed since the prior school year 2010-11.
  • There were 17,992 operating local education agencies in school year 2011–12 including 211 new agencies that opened for the first time. States reported 161 local education agencies that closed since the prior school year 2010-11.
  • In school year 2011-12 public elementary and secondary schools reported 49.5 million students in membership. In addition, the schools and agencies employed 3.1 million full-time-equivalent teachers. This resulted in a pupil/teacher ratio of 16.0 in school year 2011-12.

Selected Statistics From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2011–12

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

Craft Exceptional Digital Experiences for Your Users
Digital UX LJ and ER&L present an exceptional roster of library and user experience (UX) experts for our newest online course, Digital UX Workshop: Crafting Exceptional Digital Experiences for the User-Centered Library. During this 5-week online workshop, you will explore why UX matters, and how to sell user-centered design (UCD) to leadership within your organization. Whether you want to redesign your website, revamp your user interface, create a new discovery tool, implement e-resources, or develop a mobile app—you’ll have a tangible product by the end of the course.