Austin ISD losing students; falls from state's five largest districtsAustin ISD losing students; falls from state's five largest districtshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=118932016-02-02T06:00:00Z2016-02-02T19:00:00Z

AUSTIN - After three consecutive years of declining enrollment, the Austin Independent School District is no longer one of the five biggest school districts in Texas, according to Austin ISD SY 2015/2015 report.

Now the sixth-largest district, Austin ISD has lost about 3,000 students in the past three years and has an enrollment of 83,591.

Austin ISD's nearly 1,200-student drop this school year was the largest decline of any district in Texas with more than 20,000 students.

"A vast majority" of the population decrease is attributed to housing affordability, according to Beth Wilson, Austin ISD assistant director for planning services.

The boom the city is experiencing has displaced lower-income families, driving them to neighboring suburban districts where the housing is cheaper and the schools often perform better in state ratings.

These factors have caused Austin ISD to project a decline of 6,140 students over the next ten years, or a 7.4 percent decrease from the 2015-2016 school year, according to the district's recently released annual demographics report.

While the district expects overall student population to decline, they also expect schools in Northwest, far south and Southeast Austin, in contrast to Central Austin, to experience student population growth due to the affordability of homes in those areas.

Austin American-Statesman
Austin-Round Rock

​​Information was also used from the Community Impact Newspaper.

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