Burbio School Tracker Weekly Updates

Burbio's  K-12 public education digest  highlights key data points from our team's proprietary research, covering school finances, enrollment, Covid mitigation, and more. 
 
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Week of 8/1: Staffing Disruptions

By the end of this week, just over ten percent of K-12 public school students will have started school. One of the major issues of the Fall is around...

Week of 7/25:  Topline Revenues

This week we look at topline FY23 school district budget changes, how school calendars are adjusting their first day of school, and other trends in...

Week of 7/18:  "Budget Considerations"

This week we look at some trends we are seeing in annual school budgets and highlight interesting things we wre seeing in schools across the country.

Week of 7/11:  The Drop in Grades 1-5

This week we look at enrollment trends in grades 1-5 over the past year, recently signed legislation in Arizona, ongoing bus driver shortages, HVAC...

Week of 7/4: Middle School Decline

This week we look at the nationwide decline in middle school enrollment that occurred during 2021/22, one district's test-score turnaround, an...

Week of 6/27: Six Weeks to Back-To-School

This week we highlight the wide variety of school start dates across the country, twelfth grade enrollment trends, and district-level observations...

Week of 6/20: Lunch Money

Mask mandate trends across the academic year, an example of shifts in food service delivery looming in K-12, and a snapshot of ESSER III actual...

Week of 6/13: Lockdown Buckets

Burbio is launching an expanded data service that breaks down 2022/23 district-level school budgets from across the U.S and provides actionable...

Week of 6/6: The Jump in Pre-K

This week we look at the growth in Pre-K and Kindergarten enrollment by state, and also look at the wide array of tutoring programs being implemented...

Week of 5/30: Protocols

This week we update our enrollment analysis with the addition of complete enrollment figures from Vermont, district-level information for Rhode...

Week of 5/23: State of the Schools

This week we look at districts' increasingly finely-tuned Covid mitigation strategies, annual reporting on progress and priorities, enhanced summer...

Week of 5/16: Mask Advisory

This week we look at districts revising policies in the face of rising Covid 19 rates, put some numbers on planned ESSER III spending on Mental...

Week of 5/9: Growth & Decline

This week we look at the Top 15 largest gains and declines across City and Suburban school districts nationwide, plus ESSER III spending and Early...

Week of 5/2: Fresh Air

This week we look at updated enrollment comparisons for 2021/22 versus 2020/21 and detail New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We also examine HVAC and air...

Week of 4/25: Post-Grad

This week we take a look at California's K-12 enrollment figures for 2021/22 versus 2020/21, as well as revised national comparisons that incorporate...

Week of 4/18: Charting ESSER Actuals

This week we look at current ESSER III spending reimbursement levels across the US, as well as examples of teacher retention programs.

Week of 4/11: Charting Enrollment

This week we take a deep dive into public school enrollment by charting trends according to "Locale Classification" as well as trends by grade, both...

Week of 4/4: Unwinding Disruption

For a sample dataset of ESSER III spending plans for 125 school districts with over $3 billion in ESSER III allocations, email dennis@burbio.com or...

Week of 3/28: Virtual Variety

This week we add more states to our overview of K-12 enrollment trends between the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years. Mask policy changes have...

Week of 3/21: K-12 Enrollment Trends

Over ninety percent of the Top 500 school districts are now mask-optional. This week we look at K-12 public school enrollments for 2021/22 versus...

Week of 3/14: Covid-Era In-Person Indexes

Over two-thirds of the Top 500 districts are now mask-optional. We take a look at national school opening indexes during the Covid-19 era, and...

Week of 3/7: Mental Health Spending

This week there was an acceleration of districts shifting to mask-optional policies as several states moved up their dates for allowing local...

Week of 2/28: Majority Mask-Optional

For the first time the number of Top 500 districts that are mask-optional exceeds the number that are mask-required, and we expect that trend to...

Week of 2/21: Camps & Academies

Several more states have removed mask mandates, and we have started to see more Top 500 districts adopt mask-optional policies. School disruptions...

Week of 2/14: High Dosage, Low Ratio

Disruptions stayed at their reduced levels of the previous week. We revisit the mask mandate figures for the Top 500 as states announce policy...

Week of 2/7: Disruptions Plummet

Disruptions dropped dramatically this week to levels not seen since October. NCES published district level enrollment figures for 2020/21. This past...

Week of 1/31: Re-Mapping Mask Mandates

Disruptions continued their decline from last week. This week we introduce a revised Mask Policy Tracker that details the Top 500 districts across...

Week of 1/24: Slowdown

Last week we saw a gradual slowdown in disruptions across the US as schools that closed or went virtual over MLK Weekend reopened for in-person...

Week of 1/17: Long Weekend

Late this week there was an acceleration of disruptions across the country beyond the Northeast and Midwest regions that had seen the bulk of issues...

1/12 Update: Heading West

School disruptions slowed to start this week as the majority of the schools that were virtual last week did open back up for in-person learning....

Week of 1/10: Disruptions Update

We saw a continued rise in school disruptions as last week went on, driven by staff shortages. Several thousand schools that were virtual or closed...

1/5 Update: New Year Begins

Since last week we saw a rise in school disruptions driven by Covid 19 cases, in particular among staff. In this report we introduce a new...

12/31 Update: : Approaching the New Year

We are sending this update before the holiday weekend as announcements among districts are winding down for the week. Burbio's School Opening Tracker...

12/23: Latest Updates

We continue to see an increase in school closures due to Covid 19, in particular in pockets of the Northeast and Mid Atlantic where states such as...

Week of 12/20: Heading into Break

We have seen an increase in disruptions beginning the week of December 20th as well as in early January due to rising Covid 19 rates in pockets of...

Week of 12/13: 600+ Michigan Closures

School closures have slowed down since the November period, outside of a major spike in Michigan related to the shooting at Oxford High School which...

Week of 12/6: Moving Past "Getting By"

We saw a smaller increase in disruptions this week versus the November period. Some districts are closing for days in advance of Christmas. We...

Week of 11/29: Mapping Mental Health

Closure announcements continued to rise as we identified more schools that were closed during Thanksgiving Week, as well as a growing number of...

Week of 11/22: Closures Continue

While slightly below last week's increase we continued to see a bigger increase in school closings this week than we saw in September and October....

Week of 11/15: A New Dynamic

Closure numbers went up quite a bit this week as the trend of disruptions caused by staffing issues and "mental health" breaks accelerated. This week...

Week of 11/8: Recharge, Reset

Closure numbers went up slightly this week as we started to see staffing issues and "mental health" virtual periods enter the mix. Districts across...

Week of 11/1: Test-to-Stay's Early Days

Closure numbers this week are similar to the last few weeks. This week we look at the recent increase in mask-optional districts and the prevalence...

Week of 10/25: Closures by State

Closure numbers this week were similar to the last few weeks (the up-to-date map can be found at the top of our School Opening Tracker page). This...

Week of 10/18: Metrics

This week we saw a slight uptick in school closures versus the last few weeks and some interesting data trends. Some city districts are reporting...

Week of 10/11: Top 500 Overview

The drop in in school closures (the up-to-date map can be found at the top of our School Opening Tracker page) continued this week. We expanded our...

Week of 10/4: Closure Slowdown

This week we saw a slowdown in school closures (the up-to-date map can be found at the top of our School Opening Tracker page in addition to the...

Week of 9/27: Course Corrections

This week we look at school closures (the up-to-date map can be found at the top of our School Opening Tracker page in addition to the visual below)....

Week of 9/20: Approaches to Quarantines

This week we look at school closures (the up-to-date map can be found at the top of our School Opening Tracker page in addition to the visual below)...

Week of 9/13: Closures by School Level

Through last Friday 98% of US K-12 students are back in school with New York City schools opening Monday. School closures continue to increase (the...

Week of 9/6: No Exceptions

Through 9/3 roughly 90% of US K-12 public school students have started school. This week over half the students in New Jersey, Oregon and Minnesota...

Week of 8/30: Disruption Trends

Through 8/27 approximately 75% of US K-12 students had started school. This week 15% of US K-12 students start, including the majority in Northeast...

Week of 8/23: Mapping Disruptions

On a percentage basis we saw a material increase in school closures this week and we have added a new map measuring the situation. The map can be...

Week of 8/16: Close Contacts

This week just over 25% of US K-12 students return to school, bringing the cumulative total to 62%.

Week of 8/9: "Test to Stay"

Through Friday August 6th, roughly 11 percent of US K-12 students had started school; many districts started Wednesday and Thursday. Arizona,...

Week of 8/2: Testing School Openings

Just over 10 percent of US K-12 students start school this week, with the majority of students in Hawaii, Mississippi, Arizona and Georgia starting,...

Week of 7/26: Staggered Start

The first K-12 schools opened this week and rising Covid 19 rates haven't affected announced start plans. We continue to note trends in testing and...

Week of 7/19: Fallback Plans

This week we look at districts who are dropping virtual learning days into their ongoing schedules, trends in Covid-19 testing, mask mandate changes...

Week of 7/12: First to Open

This week we highlight districts starting the school year earliest of those that were hybrid or virtual at the end of the 2020/21 school year. The...

Week of 7/5: What's Uncertain

Burbio's data was the basis for a study published on June 29th in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on disparities in learning...

Week of 6/28: Indexing Versus Year Ago

This week we look at early indications of district spending plans based on the recent stimulus, as well as some major retailers and how their...

Week of 6/21: In Just Six Weeks

In addition to observations from across the US, we note the impending school start dates for 2021/22 that are coming up in early August.

Week of 6/14: The Year in Maps

In addition to observations from across the US, this week we feature a look back on in-person trends over the course of the year with a series of...

Week of 6/7: Virtual Here to Stay

K-12 transitions have come to a close as the numbers are now fixed for the balance of the year, with just over 30% of US K-12 students attending...

Week of 5/31: No More Distancing

This week we feature a "Year-In-Review" summary of in-person learning in big city districts versus the balance of the country as well as evolving...

Week of 5/24: Mapping Mask Mandates

Transitions slowed to a crawl this week but we did see some interesting policy movement at the state and local level with regard to re-openings. We...

Week of 5/17: Masks And Schools

Transitions are almost complete and we expect the academic year to end with roughly 30% of US K-12 students attending either hybrid or virtual...

Week of 5/3: Remaining Obstacles

The continued drop in virtual this week was driven by grades 6-12 as the "Always Virtual" areas with long phase-ins offered in-person to more of...

Week of 4/26: K-5 Virtual Nearing Zero

This week the virtual-only figure took another drop as now 5.6% of all K-12 students are attending virtual-only schools. This week we examine the...

Week of 4/19: YTD Averages

Over sixty percent of US K-12 students now attend schools that offer traditional in-person learning and less than ten percent attend virtual only...

Week of 4/5: Where Hybrid Predominates

The percent of K-12 students attending traditional schools increased this week as both virtual and hybrid declined for the second straight week,...

Week of 3/29: Year to Date Trends

This week represents the first time in our tracker that the percent of students attending virtual schools dropped in a given week and the percentage...

Week of 3/22: Where It Is Still Virtual

Over half of US K-12 students now attend schools with traditional learning and less than twenty percent attend virtual-only schools. The new 3 feet...

Week of 3/15: Executive Actions

The number of students attending virtual dropped by 2.9% this week to 20.8%. Middle and high school students returned to in-person learning a bit...

Week of 3/8: California Lagging

This week the percent of students attending "virtual" schools dropped to under 25% on a national level. "Always Virtual" regions are returning their...

Week of 3/1: The Long Phase-Ins

This week the percent of students attending "virtual" schools dropped by over three percentage points as 'Always Virtual' areas continue returning...

Week of 2/22: K-5 Crosses 50% Traditional

This week the number of K-12 students attending virtual-only schools dropped below one-third for the first time as "Always Virtual" regions continued...

Week of 2/15: Mapping the CDC Guidelines

This week the number of K-12 students attending virtual-only schools continued to drop, albeit at a slower rate than recent weeks as the part of the...

Week of 2/8: Breakthroughs & Breakdowns

This week the number of K-12 students attending virtual-only schools dropped to its lowest point since we began tracking the index as "Always...

Week of 1/25: School Splits

This week we saw the biggest drop in "virtual-only" students since September as many districts returned to in-person learning after precautionary...

Week of 1/18: Returns

This week the percentage of students attending virtual only schools dropped for the first time since early November.

Week of 1/11: Virtual Rising

Virtual-only learning rose slightly this week. The data from our report is through Sunday January 10th. Many virtual districts from the Midwest and...

Week of 1/4: 2021 Outlook

Virtual-only learning rose further above 50 percent this week as additional schools went virtual upon returning from school break.  We expect this to...

Week of 12/21: Back over 50% Virtual

Virtual-only learning rose above 50 percent again this week as schools went virtual this past week in advance of the holiday.

Week of 12/14: Virtual Dips

As we forecast, with the return of a portion of NYC students to school this week, as well as districts returning from a post-Thanksgiving...

Week of 12/7: 50%+ Virtual

The country saw a continued drift to virtual only instruction. A number of districts across the US have announced in-person return dates on December...

Week of 11/30: Bottoming Out

The country saw a continued shift to virtual learning this week, in particular due to post-Thanksgiving precautionary closures. NYC's reopening...

Week of 11/23: Virtual Expands

The country saw a large shift to virtual learning this week. Closures are spreading beyond the Midwest and parts of the Rockies to include the...

Week of 11/16: Reversals

As of this writing (Sunday, 11/15 at mid-day), NYC schools are still open. If they are shut down, the number of US K-12 students attending "virtual...

Week of 11/9: Winter is Here

This week in K-12, we saw the introduction of in-person learning essentially come to a halt due to increasing Covid levels and a slight decrease in...

Week of 11/2: Openings Wind Down

Last week we forecast that in person openings were going to slow considerably and we saw that this week. We also see our first indications that...

Week of 10/19: Fauci Interview

Burbio's data was used in an interview with Dr Fauci last Wednesday by CBS; the spirit of the question was that millions of students are back in the...

Week of 10/12: Percentages

Below is a report on our most recent school learning plans, along with additional flavor. 

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