Distance Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 2002-2003

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 254):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 30 rows and 11 columns.

For the school year. Distance education courses are for-credit classes offered to students enrolled in the district where the teacher and student were in different locations. They could be delivered via audio, video, Internet or other computer technologies. Reasons for districts providing these courses include offering courses not otherwise available, offering Advanced Placement courses, addressing growing populations and space limitations, reducing scheduling conflicts for students, and permitting students who failed a course to take the course again. Excludes such things as virtual field trips, online homework, or a course delivered mainly by written correspondence. Based on the Fast Response Survey System and subject to sampling error; see source for details


  1. Includes other curriculum not shown separately.
  2. Includes districts and enrollments where enrollment size and poverty concentration
    were not known.
  3. Composition of regions
    NORTHEAST: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut,
    New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
    MIDWEST: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin,
    Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and
    SOUTH: Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia,
    North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida,
    Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi,
    Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.
    WEST: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada,
    Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii]
  4. Percentage of children in the district ages 5 to 17 in families
    living below the poverty level.


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