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Our Region

The REL Central region consists of seven states—Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Across these states 8,311 schools and nearly 1,900 local education agencies serve a student population that approaches 3 million. Over Sixty-five percent of this total population identify as White, more than 18 percent as Hispanic, 8.5 percent as Black, 2.5 percent as Asian or Pacific Islander, and 1.6 percent as American Indian or Native Alaskan. Approximately 29 percent of students in the region attend schools in both rural and in urban areas, while the remainder of the student population is fairly evenly spread out in suburban and town locales.

Data About Our Region and the States We Serve


Students: 2,973,778
Schools: 8,311
Education Agencies: 1,883
Free/Reduced Lunch: 45.02%
Special Education: 13.7%
English Learners: 7.5%
Graduation Rate: 85.7%

Student Urbanicity


Race/Ethnicity

Student Urbanicity

  • Urban 29.1%
  • Suburban 17.3%
  • Town 24.6%
  • Rural 29%

Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian 1.6%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 2.5%
  • Black or African American 8.5%
  • Hispanic 18.2%
  • Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander .2%
  • Two or More Races 3.9%
  • White 65.1%
Students: 905,019
Schools: 1,888
Education Agencies: 267
Free/Reduced Lunch: 42.1%
Special Education: 11.2%
English Learners: 11.7%
Graduation Rate: 79.1%

Student Urbanicity


Race/Ethnicity

Student Urbanicity

  • Urban 38.5%
  • Suburban 39%
  • Town 9%
  • Rural 13.5%

Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian 0.7%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 3.1%
  • Black or African American 4.6%
  • Hispanic 33.5%
  • Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander .2%
  • Two or More Races 4%
  • White 53.8%
Students: 494,347
Schools: 1,318
Education Agencies: 317
Free/Reduced Lunch: 47.7%
Special Education: 14.9%
English Learners: 11.1%
Graduation Rate: 86.5%

Student Urbanicity


Race/Ethnicity

Student Urbanicity

  • Urban 28.3%
  • Suburban 17.4%
  • Town 26.3%
  • Rural 28.1%

Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian .9%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 2.8%
  • Black or African American 6.9%
  • Hispanic 19.5%
  • Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander .2%
  • Two or More Races 5.1%
  • White 64.6%
Students: 915,040
Schools: 2,424
Education Agencies: 566
Free/Reduced Lunch: 50.5%
Special Education: 14.3%
English Learners: 3.4%
Graduation Rate: 88.3%

Student Urbanicity


Race/Ethnicity

Student Urbanicity

  • Urban 18.5%
  • Suburban 34.7%
  • Town 20.3%
  • Rural 26.6%

Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian .4%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 2.0%
  • Black or African American 16.1%
  • Hispanic 6.2%
  • Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander .3%
  • Two or More Races 3.6%
  • White 71.6%
Students: 319,194
Schools: 1,095
Education Agencies: 284
Free/Reduced Lunch: 43.6%
Special Education: 15.6%
English Learners: 7.1%
Graduation Rate: 89.1%

Student Urbanicity


Race/Ethnicity

Student Urbanicity

  • Urban 38.8%
  • Suburban 14.8%
  • Town 21%
  • Rural 25.4%

Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian 1.4%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 2.7%
  • Black or African American 6.7%
  • Hispanic 18.6%
  • Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander .1%
  • Two or More Races 3.6%
  • White 66.9%
Students: 109,706
Schools: 518
Education Agencies: 222
Free/Reduced Lunch: 30.03%
Special Education: 13.9%
English Learners: 2.9%
Graduation Rate: 87.2%

Student Urbanicity


Race/Ethnicity

Student Urbanicity

  • Urban 27.7%
  • Suburban 11.6%
  • Town 21.5%
  • Rural 39.2%

Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian 8.7%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 1.5%
  • Black or African American 4.5%
  • Hispanic 4.7%
  • Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander .3%
  • Two or More Races 2.2%
  • White 78.1%
Students: 136,302
Schools: 697
Education Agencies: 167
Free/Reduced Lunch: 37.73%
Special Education: 15.4%
English Learners: 3.4%
Graduation Rate: 83.7%

Student Urbanicity


Race/Ethnicity

Student Urbanicity

  • Urban 26.8%
  • Suburban 1.7%
  • Town 30.2%
  • Rural 41.3%

Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian 11.2%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 1.8%
  • Black or African American 3.1%
  • Hispanic 5.5%
  • Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander .1%
  • Two or More Races 3.7%
  • White 74.6%
Students: 94,170
Schools: 371
Education Agencies: 60
Free/Reduced Lunch: 38.5%
Special Education: 16.6%
English Learners: 3.0%
Graduation Rate: 86.2%

Student Urbanicity


Race/Ethnicity

Student Urbanicity

  • Urban 25%
  • Suburban 2%
  • Town 44.1%
  • Rural 28.9%

Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian 3.6%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8%
  • Black or African American 1.1%
  • Hispanic 14.0%
  • Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander .1%
  • Two or More Races 2.3%
  • White 78.1%

Notes

1. The REL Central region average is the average of the state averages, not a true average.

Data Sources

Glander, M. (2017). Selected Statistics From the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2015-16 (NCES 2018-052). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey", 2016-17 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey", 2016-17 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey", 2016-17 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, Table 204.70. "Number and percentage of children served under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, by age group and state or jurisdiction: Selected years, 1990-91 through 2017-18."

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, Table 204.20. "English language learner (ELL) students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, fall 2000 through fall 2016."