Forecasting K-12 School Enrollment Using GIS Tools
Track: K-12 Education and Library Science
Author(s): Deane Richard Lycan
Enrollment forecasts are important to school districts for planning, resource allocation, and garnering support for bond issues. Our Center at Portland State University produces enrollment forecasts for many school districts. Such forecasts make extensive and varied use GIS tools. The use of GIS in different models and contexts will be illustrated, using case studies for two Oregon school districts. The two districts are: Portland, a large metropolitan school district suffering declining enrollments, and Bend, a smaller school district in the most rapidly growing area in Oregon. Using GIS and the right model results in better forecasts.
Deane Richard Lycan
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751