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Callahan, John, 1865-1956 / Wisconsin rural school survey : report of Finance Survey Committee
([1926])

Chapter II. Present educational opportunity,   pp. 4-9 PDF (1.3 MB)


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WISCONSIN RURAL SCHOOL SURVEY
school districts. Consolidated schools are formed by a union of several
common school districts and usually maintain both elementary grades and
a high school department.
                                  TABLE 2
        Scho.l Census, Enrollment, and Average Daily Attendance, 1922-23
i Bayfield County  Door County   Portage County
        State       state        State
 Rural  Graded   Rural  Graded  Rural I Graded
Census -    _---     -      2,784 1 ,890 2,795 2,013  7 ,1241 ,001
Enrollment during year -1--63  1,291  1,887 1,317 3,660 ! 463
- -       ..   ...      1    -    -r..              I -J-- .-  _ _
Walworth County
      State
Rural  Graded
3 ,352  519
1 ,950 344
No. of days attended by all children  ,204 ,3b  178 ,l3d   ZW,1*4 lIb 196
5 ,8 S ,b  1 66 ,J30  68 ,l l  01 ,860
No.ofdaysactually taught   I66   176   171 ! I 7 4  165  1,5 !  176  178
Average daily attendan--.   1 226  1 .)41  1,493  I .132  2 .538  377  1.526
 291
%  of average daily attendanc, to en-
rollment                   .--8 480 6    9 11 8.5 9  69 3  81 4   783   84.6
Census, Enrollment, and Attendance Data
    Table 2 presents the child accounting data for the rural and state
graded schools of these four counties. The significant feature of the table
is the difference between the average daily attendance percentages of
rural and state graded schools. In Bayfield county the ratio of average
daily attendance to enrollment for rural schools is 78.4, in state graded
schools 80.6. In Door county these figures are respectively 79.1 and 85.9;
in Portage county, 69.3 and 81.4; and in Walworth county, 78.3 and 84.6.
In every case the ratio of average daily attendance to enrollment is higher
in state graded schools than in one room rural schools.
    This is borne out by a study of the more detailed attendance statistics
given in table 3.
     In Baytield county, for example, 21.26/c of the pupils in one room rural
schools attended 160 days or over, while in the state graded schools of the
same county 34.8%, of the pupils attended 160 days or more. In Portage
county 11.9%y of the pupils in one room rural schools attended school 160
or more days. while in the state graded schools 49.8% attended 160 or more
days.   A comparison of these two types of schools on an attendance
basis as given in table 3 shows a marked superiority in drawing power for
the state graded school in each county.
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