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 11/21: A Fourteenth Grade
This week we look at Pre-K's role in district's enrollment shifts, a report out of Connecticut on remote learning, and 2022/23 enrollment announcements.
- "The Remote Learning Commission recommends that a statewide remote learning school that serves students in grades kindergarten to 12, inclusive, does not have the ability to meet the expectations for teaching and learning, instruction, assessment, and accommodations with wrap-around supports . . . does not have the ability to provide options to ensure that students who are receiving or participating in remote learning have adequate parental or adult supervision, educational support, technical assistance, continuity of attendance, and engagement . . . (the commission) recommends not to embark on the process of establishing a . . . . statewide remote learning school . . . at this time due to the projected annual cost of $576,396,770 . . . "
- "Students eligible for free/reduced-price meals and English learners tended to be remote at greater rates than their peers (during the 2020/21 academic year). While statewide about 26% of all students (approximately 134,000) were remote, 33% of English learners and 37% of those eligible for free or reduced-price meals were remote for the entire school year . . . Chronic absence was most prevalent among predominantly remote students and least prevalent among in-person students, with rates for hybrid students falling in between."
- "During the pandemic, in all grades and most student groups, students who learned fully/mostly in-person lost the least ground academically while those who learned in hybrid or fully/mostly remote models showed substantially weaker achievement and growth . . . This pattern held true for students with high needs and students without high needs . . . A similar pattern is seen in all grades and most student groups . . . While the academic impacts were seen in all subjects, the observed differences were largest in math . . . "
3. Two more states recently announced 2022/23 enrollments, Delaware and North Dakota. Delaware's enrollment has increased 0.4% in 2022/23 versus 2021/22, after having increased 1.3% from 2020/21 to 2021/22. Below shows the breakdown by NCES Locale Codes for Delaware. Red is the change that occurred between 2020/21 and 2021/22, and yellow is the more recent change from 2021/22 to 2022/23. All locale growth figures are lower this year than last:
In North Dakota enrollment increased by 1.3% this year versus last. The previous enrollment shift was 1.6%. Below are locale breakdowns, with red being the 2020/21 to 2021/22 comparisons and yellow being the 2021/22 to 2022/23 comparisons. Rural districts showed a big jump this past year:
4. In news from around the country:
- In Anson County Schools, a nine school district in North Carolina, the Superintendent announced on November 8th that four schools were going remote due to student and staff illnesses, then on November 9th announced that two additional schools were going remote for the same reason.
- While most Covid-19 specific mitigations have been eliminated we still see some in place. Baltimore City Schools, MD, for example, recently announced, "Before the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks, we will provide COVID test kits to every student and all staff. Students and staff should take the tests 1 to 2 days before returning to school and report any positive cases to our contact tracing team." Cambridge Public Schools, MA will be giving out tests before Thanksgiving as well.
- In Los Alamos Public Schools, NM the district is instituting "enhanced strategies" due to high levels of Covid-19 in the county, including spacing students out when possible in class and at lunch . . . limiting large group gatherings, holding meetings virtually when possible, encouraging mask wearing and hand washing, limiting the use of shared supplies and materials, and limiting non-essential visitors at schools and in classrooms."
- In Midlothian ISD, TX the district notes, "Midlothian ISD has several sporting events taking place this Friday, November 18, 2022, that will take many buses and bus drivers away from the district at elementary and secondary dismissal times. Due to this shortage, we want to prepare families for a delay in bus routes on Friday afternoon. Students may arrive home later than usual. We appreciate your patience on Friday as we work diligently to get students home safely with fewer buses and fewer drivers. . . ."
- Arcadia Unified School District, CA reinstated its club program at Highland Oaks Elementary after a two year pause due to Covid-19. "When organizing the students in each club, the staff allows students to choose their top . . .choices for clubs . . . Due to the nature of the robust variety of club offerings being a chance for students to explore current and new interests, (the principal) explained, “It is very important that it is a student selection, not what a parent wants their child to do. We do not send it [the list of club options] home; they pick their choices at school.”