Wisconsin public school attendance down slightly overall from last year

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MADISON, Wis. – Attendance at Wisconsin public schools decreased slightly overall in 2021 compared to last year, the Department of Public Instruction announced Friday.

814,401 students were present for the state’s total school district headcount, 0.5 percent less than in September of 2020.

Some age groups did experience growth, however.

4K and preschool special education headcounts increased 7.0 percent, while kindergarten enrollment was up by 0.7 percent.

Attendance for students between first and 12th grade decreased by 1.1 percent compared to 2020.

Wisconsin charter schools saw a large increase in attendance compared to last year.

10,691 students were present for a statewide headcount, up 15.6 percent.

4K and pre-k saw an 18.3 percent boost, kindergarten is up 15.8 percent, and first-to-12th grade is up 15.4 percent.

Enrollment at Wisconsin’s four private school parental choice programs increased by 6.6 percent as well, with 48,919 total students present for the headcount.

Attendance numbers like those released Friday help school districts set revenue limits and tax levies.