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How Many Kids Are In School This Year?

This chart shows how many kids
across the United States
are heading back to school
this month. It also shows
the enrollments for
U.S. schools in past years.
199752,000,000 students
198745,000,000 students
197749,000,000 students
196750,000,000 students
195741,000,000 students
194728,000,000 students
193728,000,000 students
192728,000,000 students
191723,000,000 students
190719,000,000 students

Use the chart above to help you answer the following questions.

  1. How many students are enrolled in U.S. schools this year? ________________________

  2. How many students were enrolled in U.S. schools ten years ago? ___________________

  3. How many more students are enrolled in U.S. schools this year than were ten years ago? ______

  4. In which year(s) were 28 million students enrolled in U.S. schools? _________________

  5. Were there more students enrolled in U.S. schools in 1977 or in 1987? _______________

  6. How many more students are in schools today than were in schools in 1907? __________

  7. In which year on the chart was the school enrollment closest to the 1997 figure? _______

  8. Was student enrollment greater in 1967 or 1977? ________________________________

  9. By how many students did student enrollment increase between 1907 and 1917? _______

  10. In which year on the chart was U.S. enrollment closest to 40 million students? _________
Create a bar graph showing the growth of U.S. school enrollment from 1947 to 1997.

Source: Digest of Education Statistics 1996. All numbers rounded. Data for years prior to 1967 are estimated based on enrollment figures for 1909, 1919, 1929, 1939, 1949, 1959. Beginning in the fall of 1980, data include an expanded universe of private schools. 1997 enrollment projected. Copyright 1997 by Education World. Permission is granted to teachers to reproduce this skill page for classroom use.