California Department of Education Releases 2021-2022 Statewide School Enrollment Data – YubaNet



SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today released K-12 public school enrollment data for the 2021-2022 school year.

The annual fall enrollment snapshot shows a fifth year of decline as the state emerges from two difficult years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The release provides yet another data point in the ongoing analysis of California’s overall demographic shifts and related pandemic impacts. This information is key to understanding how best to plan for a robust recovery in the years to come.

The drop in registrations in California is consistent with trends in national data that show registrations are declining across the country. These declines began before the pandemic and are expected to continue in California in the future. California’s major urban districts account for nearly a third of the current year’s decline. Published reports suggest that Chicago and New York also saw significant declines for the second year of the pandemic.

With this data release, we see that COVID-19-related disruptions are playing a significant role in undoing steady enrollment gains over the past decade. In an effort to meet the needs of Local Education Agencies (LEAs), CDE has provided support to districts for outreach to families of chronically absent students during the pandemic. Particular attention is also given to increasing enrollment in kindergartens and transitional kindergartens and to helping schools meet the needs of families during the transition years and to provide options and pathways to keep high school students connected.

In addition, the CDE supports efforts to increase funding to offset declining enrollment, including sponsoring two key bills: Senate Bill 830 (Portantino), legislation that could provide school districts with financial resources as well as resources to create outreach strategies to re-engage students. and families who may have encountered increased barriers to access during the pandemic, and Assembly Bill 1640 (Muratsuchi), a bill that would increase base grants to amounts equal to the average national level funding per student.

Statewide results for this year’s enrollment data during COVID-19 in 2021-22 include:

Total registration

Enrollment fell from 6,002,523 in 2020-21 to 5,892,240 in 2021-22, a decrease of more than 110,000 students and 1.8% from the previous year. This follows a steady decline in public school enrollment across the state since 2014-15.

Registration by Race/Ethnicity

Data from 2020-21 to 2021-22 shows total enrollment of African American students decreased by 3.6%, Asian students decreased by 1.9%, Hispanic/Latino students decreased by 0.9% and white students decreased by 4.9%. The group of students who identified as two or more races increased by 1.7% while the group of students who did not state their race increased by 18.3%.

Trends by grade level

Trends show that the largest grade-level declines in enrollment data are in grades one, four, seven, and nine. Enrollment increased from the previous year in kindergarten and twelfth grade.

The data is compiled by the CDE from data submitted annually by LEAs to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).

Under state law enacted during the pandemic, school districts will not experience a drop in revenue due to declining attendance during the current school year.

Updated registration data is available on the CDE Data Quest website.

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