July 2006 The State of Public Education



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* The Department no longer reports retention data for grades PK and K.


Rates of Students Receiving

Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) 2000-2005





2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Total Students Receiving OSS (#)



58,900


61,050


61,962


65,592


57,971


58,893


















Overall Rate


6.1

6.2

6.4

6.7

5.9

6.0






















Gender



















Male

8.4

8.7

8.7

9.0

7.9

8.0

Female

3.5

3.7

3.8

4.2

3.8

4.0

Race



















African American

9.8

10.8

12.5

13.9

13.1

13.6

Asian

3.5

3.8

3.4

3.7

3.1

2.7

Hispanic

10.5

10.4

11.0

11.9

11.0

11.9

Native American

6.3

9.7

6.9

5.7

7.7

8.9

White

5.2

5.3

5.2

5.2

4.4

4.4
Grade



















PK-3*

0.9

1.0

1.1

1.0

0.9

0.8

4

2.0

2.2

2.1

2.2

1.8

1.9

5

3.1

3.3

3.2

3.5

3.0

3.1

6

5.7

5.8

6.2

7.0

5.9

6.2

7

9.1

9.3

9.3

10.3

8.2

8.4

8

10.7

10.9

10.6

11.9

9.5

9.0

9

14.2

14.6

15.1

14.7

13.8

14.2

10

12.5

12.4

12.5

12.8

11.6

12.0

11

11.7

11.6

11.4

11.6

10.7

10.9

12

11.0

10.2

10.6

9.8

9.2

9.4


Rates of Students Receiving

In-School Suspension (ISS) 2000-2005





2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Total Students

Receiving ISS (#)



47,517


47,684


45,784


44,844


35,617


34,234


















Overall Rate


4.9

4.9

4.7

4.6

3.6

3.5

Gender



















Male

6.3

6.3

6.0

5.9

4.6

4.5

Female

3.4

3.4

3.3

3.1

2.6

2.5

Race



















African American

5.7

5.9

6.3

6.7

5.9

5.7

Asian

2.0

2.4

2.3

2.5

1.5

1.4

Hispanic

8.0

8.9

8.8

8.8

6.9

6.8

Native American

6.1

6.1

4.1

3.3

5.9

5.9

White

4.5

4.3

4.1

3.6

3.0

2.8
Grade



















PK-3*

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.0

0.2

0.2

4

1.0

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.6

0.7

5

1.7

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.3

1.3

6

4.3

4.4

4.2

4.3

3.3

3.7

7

7.3

7.1

6.8

6.6

5.3

4.8

8

7.9

7.5

7.7

7.1

5.6

5.4

9

12.1

12.5

11.7

11.9

9.1

8.7

10

11.1

10.9

10.3

10.0

8.0

7.3

11

11.4

11.0

10.4

9.7

7.3

6.9

12

10.3

9.4

8.9

7.4

6.1

5.8

*The Department reports suspension data for grade range PK-3, rather than for each individual grade level in that ran





Section 3: What does the Massachusetts Public School System Look Like?
The Commonwealth is comprised of 386 school districts. The majority of the school districts in Massachusetts are relatively small in size; 58 percent of our school districts serve fewer than 2,000 students.
Types of School Districts and Public Schools


Type of Operational School District





Type of Public School




City/Town Regular Districts

244

Elementary

1,198

Academic Regional Districts

55

Middle/Junior

318

Vocational Technical Regional Districts

26

Secondary

341

County Agriculture

3

Other Configurations

16

Independent Vocational Technical

1

Total

1,873

Sub Total


329








Charter Schools

Commonwealth



49







Horace Mann

SubTotal - Charters

8

57








Total Operational Districts


386



















Educational Collaboratives*

32







*Educational Collaboratives are not included in the count of Total Operational School Districts.

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