Missing Kindergartners Drive Largest Drop in 20 Years in California’s K-12 Enrollment

EdSource | Karen D’Souza, John Festenwald, & Daniel J. Willis

“California has among the largest achievement gaps in the country, and we know from research that those gaps are present before children arrive at school, so it is especially worrisome that so many kids missed out on kindergarten this year.”

Enrollment in California dropped by almost 3% in the last year (the largest drop in decades) and more than a third of the decline was the result of missing kindergarteners.

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