Public school enrollment will grow every year through 2024, Fed data predicts

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Reports of the death of public schools may have been premature, if new federal enrollment statistics are to be believed.

After relatively flat enrollment through the late 2000s, public K-12 enrollment began to rise again in 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics’ Digest of Education Statistics, 2014.the 50th in the series of annual and biennial reports compiling data on education.

NCES predicts total K-12 enrollment will continue to grow, from 55 million students today to an all-time high of 57.9 million by 2024, secondary school enrollment increasing by 3% during this period.

Enrollment trends are a really important indicator,” said Tom Snyder, NCES program director for annual reports like the summary. “Elementary enrollment has mostly been about demographics, as 99% of children in this age group are enrolled. But when it comes to high school, we’ve had higher graduation rates, so more kids are staying in school longer too.

The rate of 16 to 24 year olds who had not completed high school and were not in school fell from 12.1% in 1990 to 6.8% in 2013.

As shown in the graph below, enrollment patterns varied significantly by state from 2007 to 2012:

The Complete Compendium of Education Statistics includes data on changes in student enrolment, structure and outcomes in preschool, K-12 and post-secondary. While the first summary, launched in the 1960s, contained mostly basic demographic information, Snyder said, the current summary includes longitudinal data as well as more detailed assessment data and information on different types of schools and schools. of students.

“We have a lot more information about the quality of education systems and student experiences, so we’ve come a long way in terms of data richness alone,” Snyder said.

Learn more about how enrollment in special education went during this time.check out my colleague Christina Samuels’ cover on On Special Education.

The Institute of Educational Sciences launches a new website

The new data is being rolled out as part of a massive revamp of the NCES and Institute of Educational Sciences website in general.

The redesign aims to help educators, researchers and the public more easily find and use their data and studies, especially on mobile devices.

The new sites will include thematic pages bringing together data and research, as well as more detailed training seminar schedules for researchers.

Later this month, the agency plans to launch a Facebook page and will launch a new version of What works Clearinghouse in the fall.

Graphic: The National Center for Education Statistics found that public school enrollment patterns varied widely by state from 2007 to 2012. Source: NCES

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