2009 Back-to-School Forecast -- Record Numbers of Students
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September 3, 2009
Contact: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-2310
or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

More students are entering and returning to the nation’s schools and colleges than ever before, according to the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES).

In fact, as America's youth head back to classes, public elementary and secondary schools are preparing to serve a record 50 million students this fall with another 5.8 million attending private schools.

Colleges and universities anticipate an enrollment record of 18.4 million students, a projected increase of about 3.1 million since fall 2000. Among those are unprecedented numbers of African Americans and Hispanics. Driving the overall surge has been increases in both the traditional college-age population and rising enrollment rates.

“With more children enrolling in public schools and adults pursuing higher education and career training, we have a unique opportunity to invest wisely and make thoughtful reforms in education that will produce significant dividends for our nation for decades,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “We must give students the education they deserve to compete for jobs in a global marketplace, retrain displaced workers for jobs in new industries, and provide children with the foundation to imagine and invent the careers of the future. The new school year is an opportunity for all of us -- students, teachers, families, and communities -- to share the responsibility for successful schools and to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities in education.”

Following are highlights of the NCES back-to-school forecast posted at http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372:




EDITOR'S NOTE: More information can be found at www.nces.ed.gov.



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