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May 4 -- The Census Bureau invites comments to OMB by June 3, 2022 on its proposal to conduct the School Enrollment Supplement in conjunction with the October Current Population Survey (CPS).

The School Enrollment Supplement is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Collected in October each year as a supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS), these data provide basic information on the school enrollment status of various segments of the population necessary as background for policy formulation and implementation. This supplement is the only annual source of data on public/private elementary and secondary school enrollment, as well as the characteristics of private school students and their families.

As part of the Federal Government's efforts to collect data and provide timely information to government entities for policymaking decisions, this supplement provides national trends in enrollment and progress in school. The basic school enrollment questions have been collected annually in the CPS for 60 years. Consequently, this survey is the only source of national data on the age distribution and family characteristics of college students and the only source of demographic data on preprimary school enrollment.
 
This request is for a revision of the data collection.  The Census Bureau plans to remove seven questions from the data collection that were added in October 2020, which asked how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affected schooling at an individual child level.  These questions assisted researchers in understanding the effects of the pandemic to schooling in the spring of 2020.  Since schooling has returned to more normal operations, the information from the questions are no longer needed.
 
CPS School Enrollment Supplement -- NCES https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/cps/ and Census https://www.census.gov/topics/education/school-enrollment.html
Submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202204-0607-005  Click IC List for data collection instruments, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-09536

For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, the AEA Committee on Economic Statistics offers "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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