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Friday, March 26, 2021

COVID, Education, and Inequality

From the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center:

  • Data continue to show little impact of COVID-19 on high school graduation in 2020.
  • The year-over-year percent change in fall college enrollment shows a decline of 6.8 percent, 4.5 times larger than the 2019 rate (pre-pandemic). While smaller than the 21.7 percent estimate reported in December, this remains an unprecedented one-year decline.
  • The pattern of disparities among high schools of different characteristics remains largely the same as originally reported. The pandemic disproportionately affected graduates of low income, high poverty, and high minority high schools, with their enrollments dropping more steeply than their more advantaged counterparts.
  • Urban and rural schools showed roughly equal rates of decline and a larger enrollment rate gap from their suburban counterparts.
  • Community college enrollment dropped the most in low-income high schools while public four-year enrollment remained unaffected by the pandemic for high-income high schools.