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New Data Shows Enrollment Decline in NC Public Schools

On Oct. 20, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released new data that provides a first look at how many students are attending public schools across the state this school year. While the data is preliminary, it provides an initial understanding of declines in K-12 student enrollment that have rippled across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new data is the Month 1 average daily membership (ADM) by school for the 2020-21 school year. All but two districts in the state saw a decrease in Month 1 ADM this year when compared to Month 1 ADM last school year (2019-20), and total ADM across all public schools districts declined by 5.05%.

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