OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 14, 2014) — The number of students enrolled in Oklahoma public schools has increased for the 2013-14 school year. The total enrollment of students attending public schools in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 is 681,578. That is an increase of 8,388 students from 673,190 in 2012-13 enrollment and 27,036 more than in 2009, five years ago.
"Because of this sharp growth in enrollment over the past five years," said state Superintendent Janet Barresi, "I have asked for additional funding for schools from the state Legislature. I'm pleased that even in a tight revenue year, Gov. Fallin has proposed a significant increase for K-12 education.
"Additional funding certainly isn't the sole answer, but we are working to ensure that common education receives as much funding as possible given fiscal realities. I also continue to ask local school boards and administrators to do their best to get dollars to the classroom so our teachers are better equipped to teach this growing number of students.”
Annual enrollment numbers come from the Oct. 1 enrollment count taken annually by every public school district and charter school site in the state as received by the State Department of Education’s accreditation office. Results are then certified.
Oklahoma’s student population is 52 percent white, 15 percent Hispanic, 15 percent American Indian or Alaskan Native, 9 percent black, 7 percent “two or more races” and 2 percent Asian, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, according to the 2013-14 data.
The three largest school districts in the state remain Oklahoma City Public Schools with 45,717 students, Tulsa with 41,115 and Edmond with 23,020.
Moore, Putnam City, Broken Arrow, Norman, Union, Lawton and Midwest City-Del City round out the top 10. All 10 districts made up the same list last year, although some have changed ranking.