July 2006 The State of Public Education



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*Total student enrollment used for reporting by Locale Codes (page 2).

** SP – Beyond grade 12 Special Education Student.



Enrollment Trends in Massachusetts Public Schools
Massachusetts public school enrollment has grown by about 9 percent over the past decade. While the enrollment by grade level has remained relatively stable, the demographics have changed significantly.




1994-95

1999-00

2004-05

Total Student Enrollment


895,886

972,260

975,911

Race


#

%

#

%

#

%

African American

71,954

8.7

83,799

8.6

86,533

8.9

Asian

33,339

3.7

41,613

4.3

46,965

4.8

Hispanic

80,633

9.0

99,189

10.2

115,267

11.8

Native American

1,635

0.2

2,462

0.3

3,227

0.3

White

708,325

79.1

745,197

76.6

723,919

74.2





















Selected Populations


#

%

#

%

#

%

Special Education

151,830

16.9

162,454

16.7

157,109

15.9

First Language Not English

111,133

12.4

128,555

13.2

136,193

14.0

Limited English Proficient

44,209

4.9

44,559

4.6

49,773

5.1

Low Income

226,258

25.3

245,754

25.3

270,660

27.7






While students in grades 1-5 made up more than 35 percent of the public school enrollment in 2005, the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten enrollment have remained steady at approximately 10 percent of the total state enrollment.







Section 2: How are Massachusetts public school students performing?

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