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Week of 9/19: Dollars Per Student
This week we take a look at enrollment trends in districts getting the highest levels of ESSER III funding.
- We ranked districts with more than 10,000 students by the amount of ESSER III funding per student the district received. Below are the 20 largest from that list.
- The 2019/20 to 2020/21 enrollment comparisons are using published NCES figures. It is worth noting, as discussed in last week's blog, that even districts with directionally increasing enrollments lost enrollment during the 2020/21 year.
- The 2020/21 to 2021/22 enrollment comparisons are from state-level disclosures as Federal enrollment figures have not yet been issued.
- Sixteen of the top twenty districts (80%) listed below experienced enrollment declines during the 2021/22 school year. That percentage held across the top 50 districts in "dollars per student" as well, with 40 of them showing enrollment declines in 2021/22.
2. This week Newark Public Schools, NJ eliminated its mask mandate, and the number of Top 500 school districts with mask mandates is currently zero. Below is a chart showing the shift in mask-mandates since October 2021. March 2022 was the largest shift with over 30% of the Top 500 districts moving to mask optional that month:
3. Staff shortages in areas such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers have been widely noted over the last few months, and this week we see references nationwide to a shortage of referees for school sporting events. Stories out of Oregon, New York, Colorado, California, Oh
Next, Minnesota, where Reading and Science fell further behind this past year:
Finally, from Indiana, results from the Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3), the state's grade three reading assessment: