Over on the Washington Post Answer Sheet blog, Valerie Strauss has compiled a bunch of interesting data pertaining to back-to-school. A few highlights:
- 55.5 million: Number of students predicted to be enrolled in pre-k through grade 12 this fall
- 43%: Percentage of students (elementary through high school) who belonged to a minority population in 2009
- 23%: Percentage students (elementary though high school) who had at least one foreign-born parent in 2009
- 11.2 million: Number of children (age 5-17) who spoke a language other than English at home in 2009
- 31.3 million: Average number of children participating each month in the National School Lunch Program in 2009
Here’s a look at City Connects by the numbers at the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year:
- 21: Total number of City Connects schools. We’ll be expanding beyond Boston for the first time, where we’ll be in 15 schools, to serve 6 turnaround elementary schools in Springfield, Mass.
- 7,500: Using numbers from the 2010-11 school year, we project that we’ll be reaching about 7,500 students total in Boston and Springfield, which is roughly 20% of each district’s total elementary enrollment.
- 5: Number of days our School Site Coordinators are spending at our annual summer professional development institute, which is underway now!