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Center for School Change Enrollment Trends Report

Center for School Change Enrollment Trends Report

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 Minnesota District/Charter K-12 Enrollment Trends2001-2002 – 2011-2012A Report from the Center for School Change
June 2012
 
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Table of ContentsI.
 
Executive Summary…………………..2II.
 
Brief Background……………………..3III.
 
Statewide Trends……………………..6IV.
 
Minneapolis Trends………………….8V.
 
Saint Paul Trends..…………………....9VI.
 
Possible Implications………………..12VII.
 
References Cited……………………..14VIII.
 
About Center for School Change….16
 
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Executive Summary
Statewide and metro k-12 charter public school growth in enrollment, and traditionaldistrict decline in enrollment, continued in the 2011-12 school year. Moreover, lowincome; students of color and students representing “families of color” aredisproportionately represented in Minnesota charters, according to a new analysis ofMinnesota Department of Education data done by the Center for School Change (CSC).As this is the twentieth anniversary of the nation’s first charter public school law beingadopted in Minnesota, the Center for School Change decided to look at k-12 enrollmentdata from the last decade. In its research, writing and work with schools, the Centerconsistently has advocated for more effective public schools, whether district or charter.The Center analyzed data provided to the Minnesota Department of Education fromschools and districts as part of the fall, official 2011-2012 student enrollment count.Macalester student Jordan Lim, working with CSC staff members Paj Ntaub Lee and JoeNathan, examined and compiled k-12 individual charter school data and individual k-12district data posted on the Minnesota Department of Education website.Trends over the last decade show:
 
Charter public school k-12 enrollment statewide has grown almost 19,000students from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012 (from 10,162 to 39,129). Meanwhile, districtk-12 enrollment has declined by more than 45,000 students (from831, 535 to 785,729).
 
Minneapolis charter public school k-12 enrollment has grown from 1,921 in 2001-2002 to 11,125, while district enrollment has declined from 47,658 to 33,503.
 
Minneapolis and Minnesota charters reflect a higher percentage of low incomelimited English speaking and students of color than the respective comparisongroups.
 
St. Paul charter public school enrollment has increased by more than 5,000students, from 3,598 students in 2001-2002 to 9,014 students in 2011-12.Meanwhile St. Paul district k-12 enrollment has declined by more than 6,000,from 43,714 to 37,063 over the same time period.The report also includes a brief discussion of Minnesota’s charter school performance.The report also includes observations about the key difference between families andstudents being assigned to and allowed to select among different schools.Finally, the report discusses possible implications of these trends. To more effectivelymeet students’ needs, the report recommends:
 
Expanding and replicating successful schools.
 
Encouraging district/charter collaboration.
 
Encouraging continued innovation in district and chartered public schools.

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