Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

Blog Post

Why did schools lose students after COVID-19?

Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic, its consequences are still palpable in school attendance and enrollment. While in 2022-23 the share of students attending traditional public schools (TPS) increased by roughly 1 percentage point relative to the prior year, it remains 4 percentage points below 2019-20. These enrollment losses are not fully explained by population changes or changes in charter school enrollment.  In this post, we consider the reasons families may explore schooling options for their children away from TPS and discuss their implications. We use family satisfaction data from New York City Public Schools to assess the role of perceived school quality in school enrollment decisions. Insights from targeted interviews of home-educators and professionals supporting families pursuing non-classroom-based learning help us delineate what student experience may look like in the changing K-12 education landscape.


Co Authors : Isabelle Pula
Outlet : Brookings Institution
Link : https://www.hamiltonproject.org/publication/post/why-did-schools-lose-students-after-covid-19/