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Iowa’s enrollment climbs significantly for second consecutive year

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The overall number of students who enrolled in Iowa’s public schools for the 2013-14 school year increased significantly from the year before, according to the official certified enrollment report released today by the Iowa Department of Education.

This is the second consecutive year that Iowa has seen a large one-year increase in statewide enrollment, following 17 years of declining enrollment.

A total of 478,921 students in kindergarten through 12th grade enrolled in public schools statewide for the 2013-14 school year. That represents an increase of 0.6 percent, or 2,676 students, from the 2012-13 school year. Enrollment peaked in the 1972-73 school year, with 645,000 students.

The recent upward pattern is due in part to a temporary spike in birth rates in Iowa starting in 2003, said Jay Pennington, chief of the Department’s Bureau of Information and Analysis.

“Those rising birth rates leveled off in 2008 and slowly declined to about the same levels we saw before 2003,” Pennington said. “Statewide student enrollment in the years ahead will mirror that pattern. So while it’s great to see our enrollment increase after falling for so many years, we expect these increases to level off in the coming years.”

Of Iowa’s 346 school districts, 156 (45 percent) reported an enrollment increase in 2013-14 from the year before, while 183 school districts (53 percent) reported a decrease. One school district saw no change in enrollment from the year before.

The five-year enrollment trend in Iowa shows a downward pattern for most districts. Of Iowa’s 346 school districts, 217 (63 percent) reported an enrollment decrease in the 2013-14 school year, while 125 districts (36 percent) reported an increase. Four districts had no change during that period.

One-Year Trend - Increase of Students - Percent*
School District 2012-2013 Enrollment 2013-2014 Enrollment Percentage Increase
Seymour 237 264 11%
Essex 215 237 10%
Bondurant-Farrar 1,467 1,596 9%
Postville 608 659 8%
Clear Creek Amana 1,671 1,798 8%

* Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

 

One-Year Trend - Increase of Students - Numbers*
School District 2012-2013 Enrollment 2013-2014 Enrollment Student Increase
Waukee 7,721 8,289 568
Ankeny 9,386 9,902 516
Iowa City 12,774 13,160 386
Des Moines 32,062 32,413 351
Southeast Polk 6,400 6,617 217

* Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

Under state law, certified enrollment is used in the formula that determines state funding for public school districts. Certified enrollment is based on the number of students living in each school district. It also includes the “weighting,” or additional funding for students in certain programs, such as students who receive assistance in learning the English language.

The certified enrollment count is taken by districts on the first day of October each school year. Official numbers are confirmed by the Iowa Department of Education.

Iowa school districts that reported the largest increases or decreases in the percentage and/or number of students over the past five years are:

Five-Year Trend - Increase of Students - Percent*
School District 2009-2010 Enrollment 2013-2014 Enrollment Percentage Increase
Waukee 6,249 8,289 33%
Bondurant-Farrar 1,261 1,596 27%
Clear Creek Amana 1,480 1,798 21%
Woodward-Granger 767 912 19%
Pleasant Valley 3,609 4,289 19%

* Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

 

Five-Year Trend - Increase of Students - Numbers
School District 2009-2010 Enrollment 2013-2014 Enrollment Student Increase
Waukee 6,249 8,289 2,040
Ankeny 8,343 9,902 1,559
Des Moines 30,954 32,413 1,459
Iowa City 11,903 13,160 1,257
Pleasant Valley 3,609 4,289 680

 

Five-Year Trend - Decrease of Students - Percent
School District 2009-2010 Enrollment 2012-2014 Enrollment Percent Decrease
Walnut 215 162 -25%
West Harrison 493 382 -23%
Farragut 248 197 -21%
Ventura 268 214 -20%
Turkey Valley 438 355 -19%

 

Five-Year Trend - Decrease of Students - Numbers
School District 2009-2010 Enrollment 2013-2014 Enrollment Student Decrease
Clinton 4,188 3,860 -328
Vinton-Shellsburg 1,798 1,584 -214
Council Bluffs 9,207 8,996 -211
Newton 3,202 3,003 -199
Mason City 3,909 3,725 -184

2013-2014 Certified Enrollment Summary by District

Certified enrollment trends for each Iowa school district can be found here:

 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 21, 2014 at 4:26am.