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From kindergarten to college, a record number of students will flood U.S. classrooms this fall, according to projections from the Department of Education.

Projections of Education Statistics to 2011, released August 17, 2001, by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics estimates 53.1 million students will enter K-12 classrooms this fall, while 15.3 million students are expected to enroll in colleges and universities.

"While school enrollment is increasing at all levels, families, educators and policymakers must focus on improving the quality of the education being offered to our growing population of students," said U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige. "Demographic and other factors control the number of students who participate in our education system each year, but through common-sense reforms for our schools, we can do a great deal to increase the number of students who will receive a quality education. President Bush's No Child Left Behind plan for reforming our education system has challenged us to focus on results and improving the schools that have left too many of our children behind by failing to prepare them for the future."

The report goes on to project elementary and secondary school enrollment increasing to 53.4 million by 2005, an then decreasing slightly by the end of the decade. College enrollment, however, is expected to climb steadily through the decade, reaching 17.7 million by 2011.

Regionally, elementary and secondary school enrollment will vary considerably this decade. States in the West and South should see increases of about 8 and 1 percent respectively,  but declines by 3 percent in the Midwest and 4 percent in the Northeast are projected.

High School: Enrollment in public and private high schools should reach 2.8 million by 2002, growing to 3.1 million in 2011.

College: Growth in high school enrollment will result in growing college attendance reaching 16.3 million students by 2005, about 1 million higher than in 2001. By 2011, 17.7 million students are expected in U.S. college campuses. A record 1,227,000 students are expected to receive bachelor's degrees during the 2001- 02 academic year. In addition, 569,000 students are expected to earn associate degrees, 432,000 will earn master's degrees and about 47,000 will earn doctor's degrees. The numbers of students earning degrees at all levels are expected to rise between 2001-02 and 2010-11. The number of bachelor's degrees is expected to reach a peak of 1,392,000 in 2010-11, reflecting an increase of 13 percent compared to 2001-02.

Federal Expenditures for Public Schools:  Expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools in 2001-02 are expected to total about $354 billion or about $7,487 per student. Based on various assumptions, per student spending is projected to increase about 24 percent in constant dollars between 2001-02 and 2010-11.

"In 1867 Congress created the first Department of Education with a mission to collect and distribute information about the condition and progress of education in America," stated Education Secretary Paige. "That remains a central mission of today's Education Department. This 30th edition of the projections report continues a valuable tradition and helps us to understand the shape of our student population for the years to come".

The report, Projections of Education Statistics to 2011 may be ordered by calling 1-877-4ED-PUBS and is available on-line at http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2001083

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