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COVID is Changing School Enrollment

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COVID-19 has upended the U.S. educational system, including the number of children enrolled in school and where and how those children are learning.

“Disenrollment, where children are missing from school whether it is in-person or virtual, is a pandemic phenomenon with implications for children, families, school systems, and society,” said Kathy Mickey, managing editor and senior analyst at Simba Information’s Education Group. “As traditional education broke down, we are seeing growing interest in charter schools, virtual schools, and homeschooling.”

Looking forward, another challenge to public schools and the funding they receive will be birth rates, which were declining in the U.S. prior to COVID-19, with the pandemic projected to contribute to a further dip.

Most children will return to in-person education at some location this fall. They will bring with them more technology devices distributed during the pandemic, possibly more facilities with technology-based learning, but also learning gaps for educators to address.

For companies looking to serve the PreK-12 market in these changing times, Simba Information’s PreK-12 Enrollment & Demographics, 2021-2022 provides information on public and private school enrollment trends, data on subgroups like English-language learners, students with disabilities and children in poverty, and updates on topics that include preschool enrollment, high school graduation rates, and dual enrollment interest.

Edited by Maryssa Gordon, Senior Editor, Price of Business Digital Network

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