Over 5,600,000 of school-age children in the United States are not attending a school.
The American Community Survey collected data that estimated the number of students, from age 3-17, who are not attending any kind of school. These data are collected for the US Census Bureau and we believe it is used for the UNESCO international report that ranks countries on this metric. We continue to search for other potential sources of
the international data.
–The state with the highest percentage rate has 13.8% of its potential students not in school and is followed by a state with 13.1% of its potential students not in school.
The two states with the lowest rates have 6.0% and 5.5% of their potential student base not in school.
–The two states with the highest number not in school have 643,113 and 570,942 children. The two states with lowest numbers have 5,959 and 8,309, respectively.
The question remains: Should the United States be addressing this issue? We feel that this country and all countries should be insisting that all children become educated by attending an “approved” school.
Check out the tables below for statistics about your state. These data are sorted by different variables. We hope you share this information with your state officials, federal representatives and senators.
Recently, I told the aide of a US Senator about this issue. He was surprised and said the Senator would want to do something about it. Imagine how we can mobilize our legislators to become vocal supporters of all children becoming educated to achieve their personal best.
Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. Table S1501 – Educational Attainment. http://factfinder.census.gov.