A Changing Student Body: Report Shows Record Enrollment, More-Diverse Population


As the Washington Post article below indicates, the demographics in America are changing:

· 44% of the nation’s students are minorities

· Performance among 17-year-olds has been stagnant since the seventies

· Achievement gaps between low income students and high income students continue to widen

· Our nation will see record enrollments between now and 2018, when there will be 53.9 million students

· In 2007, there were 1.5 million home-school students

· Private school attendance is down

· Numbers of students earning Bachelor’s degrees has increased 30%.

What will we have to do in K-12 to prepare students in the lowest economic status for success?

What can turn around success for our nation’s 17 year olds?

How can we look differently at K-12 learning to set a world-class standard for performance?

By Maria Glod

Public school enrollment across the country is hitting a record this year with just less than 50 million students, and classrooms are becoming more diverse, largely because of growth in the Latino population, according to a new federal report.


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