ERIC Number: ED448495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug-19
Reference Count: N/A
A Back to School Special Report on the Baby Boom Echo: No End in Sight.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.
This report measures the impact of the baby-boom echo--the 25 percent increase in the U.S. birth rate that began in the mid-1970s and reached its peak in 1990 with the birth of 4.1 million children. The paper reports that a record 53.2 million students will attend school in the next decade and that college enrollment will rise to a record 14.9 million. Between 1989 and 2009, elementary school enrollment will rise by 4.7 million, secondary enrollment by 3.6 million, and college enrollment by 2.8 million. Seventeen states will experience a 15 percent increase in the number of public high-school graduates, and full-time college enrollment is projected to rise by 26 percent. The 10 years between 1999 and 2009 will witness nearly a 9 percent increase in public high-school enrollment and the number of public high-school graduates will increase by 16 percent. The total number of public and private high-school teachers is expected to rise by 75,000--a 6 percent increase--and a total of 2.2 million public elementary and secondary school teachers will be needed to accommodate the new students and replace those who leave the profession. Beyond 2009 the number of births is not expected to tail off but will increase slowly for the next 20 years. Thirteen figures provide graphic examples of these increases. (RJM)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.