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By Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner and
Alfred Sundara, AICP, Manager, Projections and State Data Center
Each year as part of The Maryland Department of Planning’s statutory mandate to support Maryland’s public school systems, the Maryland State Data Center prepares public school student enrollment projections that look ten years into the future for the state’s more than 1,400 K-12 public schools. These projections are shared with the state’s twenty-four Local Education Agencies (LEAs) which represent Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City.
In turn, the LEAs share their own enrollment predictions, and then the two sets of data are compared. To finalize the numbers, the State Data Center and the LEAs’ projections must be within 5 percent of each other (i.e., a 5 percent tolerance). If an LEA’s projections are not within 5 percent of the State’s, the LEA and Planning review their data together to determine the reason for the discrepancy and arrive at a resolution. Continue reading