Education & School Enrollment

Education & School Enrollment



Where VA legislators went to college

VA Public School Enrollment & Projections


Racial School Segregation by Racial Neighborhood Segregation

Web Series

Will COVID-19 accelerate the growth in homeschooling in Virginia?
If homeschoolers in Virginia made up a school division, it would be the fastest growing division, expanding by 48 percent in the last ten years, and seventh largest of Virginia’s 133 school divisions.

School counselors provide critical service in K-12 schools
Counselors are uniquely situated to help students navigate course arrangement with online or hybrid modes, provide psychological and mental health guidance, and provide college information or navigate other career paths in a highly uncertain time.

Online higher education in Virginia (before the pandemic)
The number of higher education institutions in Virginia that offer online education opportunities has gradually increased since the data was first reported in 2004. However, the data shows that in recent years that number has stalled at around 90 out of 160 Virginia institutions.

Where do children in affordable housing go to school? (part II)
A series of two posts narrow in on the reality Virginia that most kids who who grow up in subsidized housing are more likely to live near low-performing schools. This second post explores (1) where subsidized housing is located in Virginia and (2) how this relates to school quality.

Where do children in affordable housing go to school? (part I)
A series of two posts narrow in on the reality Virginia that most kids who who grow up in subsidized housing are more likely to live near low-performing schools. This first post gives a statewide overview at the neighborhood level of both (1) school quality as measured by the HUD school proficiency index and (2) housing cost as measured by median housing value.

It’s time to think about middle-skill jobs and education
Middle-skill pathways—education beyond high school, but less than a bachelor’s degree—can help people achieve success in the labor market by teaching skills that are in high demand. According to the Virginia Employment Commission, as of 2016, there were 2.4 million middle-skill jobs in Virginia, and by 2026 that number is expected to increase by 200,000.

Talent in Virginia: Where is it coming from and where is it going?
With urban areas facing affordability issues, the expansion of telework and broadband capability, and the growing desire to live in small towns, the rural areas of Virginia may soon become the place to get an education and stay for a while.

Virginia’s school enrollment declined in 2018 for the first time in decades
For decades, Virginia’s public school enrollment has grown steadily, but the results from this year’s September student count show that in 2018, Virginia’s enrollment fell by a little over 2,000 students.

Helping first-gen students: first find them in high school
What factors discourage, or even prevent, high school students from applying for admission to Virginia’s many fine postsecondary institutions?

It’s a hard knock life: School test scores closely follow local income levels
In Virginia, divisions with high Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores have attracted a disproportionate amount of their metro area’s population growth in recent years.

What are the most popular colleges in Virginia?
The most popular college in much of Virginia is each region’s largest state university.

Where Virginia legislators went to college
Democrats are more likely to go to college and more likely to have attended private institutions while Republicans are more likely to have attended public schools and stayed in-state.

America’s College Promise in Virginia
What might America’s College Promise mean for Virginia students, and the Commonwealth’s budget?

The Goldilocks problem: Enrollment trends are not being kind to Virginia’s schools: In many of Virginia’s localities the number of children enrolled in their schools is beginning to decline while their population continues to grow.

The demographics of declining college enrollments
College attendance has climbed over the years to the point where an overwhelming majority of American young people will enroll in college. This is not enough to keep up with the overall decline in college-aged adults.

What’s driving the rise in high school graduation rates? Nearly 8,000 more high school seniors graduated in June than were expected just a few years ago.

Metropolitan cross-sections: College graduates
The percentage of adults with bachelor’s degrees is an interesting proxy for studying gentrification.

Education in Virginia: Doing it at home: In 2012, there were more than 10 times as many homes schooled students in Virginia than there were in 1989.

As more families choose cities, governments are returning to the drawing board: More young families are staying in Virginia’s urban areas to raise their children and enroll them in local schools.

A quick glance at school enrollment projections: School enrollment projections are crucial for staffing, budgeting, and classroom allocations as school districts rely on these numbers to anticipate future needs and plan accordingly.

Racial segregation in Virginia’s schools
School racial segregation clearly follows residential racial segregation.

More on Virginia’s Colleges
This post uses a star chart (aka radar chart, spider chart) to show data on Virginia’s 4-year public colleges.

College Completion in Virginia
Virginia’s public colleges fare quite well nationally, ranking 2nd in four-year graduation rates (behind Delaware) and 4th in six-year graduation rates (behind Delaware, Iowa, and Washington).


Census Brief: Public School Enrollment Trends
Public school enrollment is declining in most communities outside of Virginia’s Urban Crescent.