Enrollment Data Show Fewer Children Attending Non-Charter Public Schools
Enrollment in K-12 public schools is down 1.2% from 6,235,520 in 2014–15 to 6,163,001 in the 2019-2020 school year. That’s according to new figures released by the California Department of Public Education last week.
“In these unprecedented times, these data can provide a clear look at all California students,” State Superintendent Tony Thurmond said in a press release. “It’s especially helpful in showing where students are struggling and additional resources are needed as we work to close the digital divide and provide assistance for schools having to utilize distance-learning models.”
Enrollment declines were broken down by race and ethnicity. The percentage of white students enrolled in K-12 declined from 24.6% to 22.4%. Among African American students, it decreased from 6.0% to 5.3%. The percentage of Latino students increased from 53.6% between 2014–15 to 54.9% in 2019–2020.
Enrollment in charter schools is also up from 8.7% to 11.0% of the public school population.
“Charter schools tend to have a smaller percentage of their enrollment who belong to disadvantaged student groups, such as English learners, foster youth, homeless youth, migrant students, students with disabilities, and socio-economically disadvantaged,” according to the CDE. “The difference is most pronounced for the English learner student group. In 2019–2020, 16.7 percent of charter school students are identified as English learners, while 22.9 percent of non-charter school students are similarly identified.”
Read more about the latest enrollment data here.