The latest statistical projections from the National Center for Education Statistics forecast continued growth in the number of public school students, but a slight dip in the number of students who attend private schools.
According to the report published last week by the U.S. Department of Education’s main statistics branch, the number of students attending public elementary and secondary schools will grow by 9 percent from 2006 to 2018. That’s a slower rate of growth than was the case over the previous 13 years, according to the report. From 1993 to 2006, public school enrollment grew by 13 percent.
Student enrollment in private elementary and secondary schools is expected to decrease by 2 percent from 2006 to 2018, the report says.
A version of this article appeared in the September 23, 2009 edition of Education Week