Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TUSD Enrollment, 2000 to 2016

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM

click to enlarge students-wanted.jpg
A year ago I created a chart showing TUSD's total enrollment from 2000 to 2015, using figures from the page on TUSD's website, School Enrollment by Gender & Ethnicity on Any Day. I've expanded the chart to include 2016 figures.

Like last year, I used the enrollment numbers from the 175th day, which seem to have fewer random ups and downs than other school days I looked at. On this year's chart, I expanded the width of the bars for the last six years so they could be seen more easily.

Here's the new chart.
click to enlarge chart-attend-175th-day-to-2016.jpg

The chart shows a decline in enrollment from 2000 to 2016 from 61,280 to 47,661, a loss of 13,619 students. But it also shows the rate of loss of students changed over the years. From 2000 to the 2006-7 school year, the district lost an average of 350 students a year. Starting in 2007 and continuing through the 2011-12 school year, the average losses more than quadrupled, to 1,600 a year. After that, the rate slowed, then increased, then slowed again. TUSD lost 417 students during the most recent school year, which is significantly lower than any loss in the previous eight years.

So many variables are in play here, it's impossible for me to draw any simple cause-and-effect conclusions from the changes in the rate of loss over the years, other than to say the trend is a positive one for TUSD. Is the slowing rate of loss because charter schools aren't expanding at the same rate they were starting ten years ago, so they're not pulling an increasing number of students away from the district? Have changes in the size of Tucson's student population contributed to the numbers of students lost by TUSD? Have TUSD's recruitment and retention efforts improved over the past four years? All of those factors and more may be in play.

In another post, I'll get a little more granular with the enrollment numbers, looking at changes at various grade levels over the years. It'll get pretty wonky, and like this post, I won't try to draw clear conclusions from the numbers, but I found some trends I thought were worth mulling over.

Tags: , , ,

Comments (17)

Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by David Safier

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
DO(OM) Yoga

DO(OM) Yoga @ Floor Polish

Sundays, 8-9 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Mercado Flea Market

The Mercado Flea features 35 + vendors selling vintage/antiques goods on the second Sunday of every month… More

@ Mercado San Agustín Second Sunday of every month, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through May 12 100 S. Avenida del Convento.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Mister Car Wash Celebrates Reopening with Free Car Washes (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Winter Street Fair: How to get there and where to park (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Things To Buy for Those Parents You Don't Like Very Much (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. The Age of Online Shopping Could Mark the Beginning of "Retail Apocalypse" (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Three and Out: Uncle Herm and the ASU Sun Devils Come to Tucson (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation