ERIC Number: ED434191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
1977-1997 Fall Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity.
Bean, Scott W.; Chivers, Laurie A.; O'Hara, James Patrick; Bowles, Patricia; Jeffrey, Phillip
Data are provided about student enrollment by race/ethnicity in Utah since 1977, the first year that this enrollment information was available. The growth in enrollment in Utah's schools since 1977 has primarily resulted from internal growth, with a secondary increase because of migration. From 1977, enrollment increased at a strong 2.2% or more a year until 1987. Then, in a period of economic recession, growth dipped below 2.2% until 1990. The rate remained at 2.1% for 2 years, and has since declined to less than 1.0% per year. This decline is a demographic phenomenon as the baby boomers leave the child-bearing years. It is projected that statewide enrollment rates will increase after the year 2000. As reflected in the 1997 total enrollment percentages, most students by race/ethnic category also live in four metropolitan counties. Most of Utah's minority group students live in these counties, with the exception of American Indians, who are more likely to live in rural areas. There are only six states with less racial and ethnic diversity than Utah, where about 89% of the students are white. Other groups are experiencing strong growth in percentage terms, although there numbers are still small. Hispanics are experiencing a 7.5% growth rate, and there were over 31,000 Hispanic students enrolled in 1997. Tables contain information about the state's 40 school districts. (Contains 1 map, 6 charts, and 113 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: American Indians, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Ethnicity, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Racial Differences, School Demography, Tables (Data)
Utah State Office of Education, 250 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; Tel: 801-538-7500.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah