Education Report Roundup

The New School Year, By the Numbers

September 01, 2009 1 min read

As the 2009-10 school year opens, the U.S. Census Bureau offers statistical snapshots of the nation’s school population, based on projections from several data bases.

56 million

Number of K-12 students expected to enroll this fall.

11%

Private schools’ share of the elementary to high school enrollment.

42%

Minority makeup of the elementary to high school population, as of 2007.

10.9 million

Number of children ages 5 to 17 who speak a language other than English at home.

31 million

Average number of children each month in the national school lunch program in 2008.

98,793

Number of public schools in the 2006-07 school year.

3,970

Number of public charter schools, 2006-07.

$50,758

National average teacher’s salary, 2006-07.

14.2 million

Number of classroom computers as of the 2005-06 school year.

$9,666

Average per-pupil spending on public elementary and secondary education nationally in 2007.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
A version of this article appeared in the September 02, 2009 edition of Education Week