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Northeast coastREL Northeast & Islands serves a geographically large and demographically diverse region that is home to nearly 38 million people, or about 11.7 percent of the nation’s population. The region includes seven U.S. states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont—and two U.S. island territories—Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

More than 395,000 teachers serve approximately 5.2 million public school students across the region. There are 11,000 schools and 2,500 districts, including many small, rural districts and some of the largest urban districts in the country. About half of all students in the region qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

The region’s urban centers are primarily in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico, where the vast majority of students attend schools in urban and suburban districts. New Hampshire’s student population is evenly split between urban and suburban centers, and small towns and rural communities. Maine, Vermont, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are primarily rural, and more than 70 percent of students in each jurisdiction attend schools in small towns or rural areas.

Students

5,261,308
Schools
Number of schools
11,126
School Districts/Local Ed Agencies

2,576
Teachers
Number of teachers
397,476
Special Education1
Special Education
8%
English Learners2
English Learners
6%
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

49%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity3
American Indian
.46%
Hawaiian
.04%
White
50.51%
Black
12.71%
Hispanic
27.42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
6.56%
Two or more races
2.03%

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey LEP Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Special ED Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Free Lunch Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Department of Education (2018). “Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act”

USVI Department of Education, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation. “Transitional Report Card, 2014-15"

Notes:

1 This percentage does not include data from New Hampshire and New York because the data do not meet NCES data quality standards.

2 In Puerto Rico, Spanish is the language of instruction, as well as the predominant language used in commerce and social interaction. Spanish Learners (SL) students is the group of students in Puerto Rico that is not fluent or is limited in the Spanish language in reading, writing, speaking and listening and parallels the English learner (EL) group in mainland states.

3 These percentages do not include data from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The percentages of students in special education, identified as English learners, eligible for free and reduced price lunch, race/ethnicity, and urbanicity were calculated using the total number of students from the Common Core of Data.

Students

542,678
Schools
Number of schools
1,299
School Districts/Local Ed Agencies

205
Teachers
Number of teachers
42,062
Special Education
Special Education
14%
English Learners
English Learners
7%
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

38%
Graduation Rate

87%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian
.28%
Hawaiian
.09%
White
57.28%
Black
12.92%
Hispanic
22.11%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
4.81%
Two or more races
2.52%

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey LEP Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Special ED Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Free Lunch Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Department of Education (2018). “Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act”

USVI Department of Education, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation. “Transitional Report Card, 2014-15"

Notes:

The percentages of students in special education, students by race/ethnicity, and students eligible for free and reduced price lunch were calculated using the total number of students from the Common Core of Data (CCD).

Students

182,470
Schools
Number of schools
616
School Districts/Local Ed Agencies

261
Teachers
Number of teachers
14,937
Special Education
Special Education
16%
English Learners
English Learners
3%
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

47%
Graduation Rate

88%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian
.79%
Hawaiian
.11%
White
90.58%
Black
3.23%
Hispanic
1.94%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
1.49%
Two or more races
1.87%

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey LEP Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Special ED Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Free Lunch Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Department of Education (2018). “Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act”

USVI Department of Education, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation. “Transitional Report Card, 2014-15"

Notes:

The percentages of students in special education, students by race/ethnicity, and students eligible for free and reduced price lunch were calculated using the total number of students from the Common Core of Data (CCD).

Students

955,844
Schools
Number of schools
1,866
School Districts/Local Ed Agencies

406
Teachers
Number of teachers
71,859
Special Education
Special Education
18%
English Learners
English Learners
9%
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

40%
Graduation Rate

87%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian
.23%
Hawaiian
.10%
White
63.66%
Black
8.74%
Hispanic
17.89%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
6.28%
Two or more races
3.09%

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey LEP Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Special ED Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Free Lunch Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Department of Education (2018). “Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act”

USVI Department of Education, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation. “Transitional Report Card, 2014-15"

Notes:

The percentages of students in special education, students by race/ethnicity, and students eligible for free and reduced price lunch were calculated using the total number of students from the Common Core of Data (CCD).

Students

184,670
Schools
Number of schools
488
School Districts/Local Ed Agencies

296
Teachers
Number of teachers
14,773
Special Education
Special Education
English Learners
English Learners
2%
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

29%
Graduation Rate

88%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian
.29%
Hawaiian
.07%
White
87.37%
Black
1.9%
Hispanic
4.72%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
3.11%
Two or more races
2.54%

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey LEP Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Special ED Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Free Lunch Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Department of Education (2018). “Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act”

USVI Department of Education, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation. “Transitional Report Card, 2014-15"

Notes:

‡ indicates that the data do not meet NCES data quality standards.

The percentages of students by race/ethnicity and students eligible for free and reduced price lunch were calculated using the total number of students from the Common Core of Data (CCD).

Students

2,741,185
Schools
Number of schools
4,826
School Districts/Local Ed Agencies

982
Teachers
Number of teachers
203,781
Special Education
Special Education
English Learners
English Learners
7%
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

51%
Graduation Rate

79%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian
.62%
Hawaiian
-
White
45.44%
Black
17.96%
Hispanic
25.31%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
8.92%
Two or more races
1.75%

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey LEP Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Special ED Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Free Lunch Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Department of Education (2018). “Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act”

USVI Department of Education, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation. “Transitional Report Card, 2014-15"

Notes:

‡ indicates that the data do not meet NCES data quality standards.

– indicates that the data are missing.

The percentages of students by race/ethnicity and students eligible for free and reduced price lunch were calculated using the total number of students from the Common Core of Data (CCD).

Students

410,950
Schools
Number of schools
1,378
School Districts/Local Ed Agencies

1
Teachers
Number of teachers
31,186
Special Education
Special Education
31%
English Learners1
English Learners
.30%
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

90%
Graduation Rate

72%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian
.03%
Hawaiian
0%
White
.08%
Black
.01%
Hispanic
99.87%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
.01%
Two or more races
0%

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey LEP Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Special ED Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Free Lunch Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Department of Education (2018). “Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act”

USVI Department of Education, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation. “Transitional Report Card, 2014-15"

Notes:

1 In Puerto Rico, Spanish is the language of instruction, as well as the predominant language used in commerce and social interaction. Spanish Learners (SL) students is the group of students in Puerto Rico that is not fluent or is limited in the Spanish language in reading, writing, speaking and listening and parallels the English learner (EL) group in mainland states.

The percentages of students in special education, students eligible for free and reduced price lunch, students identified as English learners, and students by race/ethnicity were calculated using the total number of students from the Common Core of Data (CCD).

Students

141,959
Schools
Number of schools
307
School Districts/Local Ed Agencies

63
Teachers
Number of teachers
9,471
Special Education
Special Education
16%
English Learners
English Learners
7%
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

47%
Graduation Rate

83%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian
.71%
Hawaiian
.17%
White
60.70%
Black
8.07%
Hispanic
23.65%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
3.18%
Two or more races
3.53%

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey LEP Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Special ED Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Free Lunch Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Department of Education (2018). “Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act”

USVI Department of Education, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation. “Transitional Report Card, 2014-15"

Notes:

The percentages of students in special education, students by race/ethnicity, and students eligible for free and reduced price lunch were calculated using the total number of students from the Common Core of Data (CCD).

Students

87,311
Schools
Number of schools
316
School Districts/Local Ed Agencies

360
Teachers
Number of teachers
8,276
Special Education
Special Education
16%
English Learners
English Learners
2%
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

39%
Graduation Rate

88%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian
.25%
Hawaiian
.05%
White
91.28%
Black
1.97%
Hispanic
1.68%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
1.93%
Two or more races
2.83%

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey LEP Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Special ED Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Free Lunch Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Department of Education (2018). “Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act”

USVI Department of Education, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation. “Transitional Report Card, 2014-15"

Notes:

The percentages of students in special education, students by race/ethnicity, and students eligible for free and reduced price lunch were calculated using the total number of students from the Common Core of Data (CCD).

Students

14,241
Schools
Number of schools
30
School Districts/Local Ed Agencies

2
Teachers
Number of teachers
1,131
Special Education
Special Education
9%
English Learners
English Learners
7%
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

99%
Graduation Rate

69%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian
-
Hawaiian
-
White
-
Black
-
Hispanic
-
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
-
Two or more races
-

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey LEP Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Special ED Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Free Lunch Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Department of Education (2018). “Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act”

USVI Department of Education, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation. “Transitional Report Card, 2014-15"

Notes:

– indicates that the data are missing.

The percentages of students in special education, students eligible for free and reduced price lunch, and students identified as English learners were calculated using the total number of students from the Common Core of Data (CCD).