Each school year, the Louisiana Department of Education conducts two student enrollment counts: on October 1st and February 1st. These counts also document the race, gender, grade level, and free or reduced lunch eligibility status of students in grades pre-K to 12. The public school enrollment counts are particularly important because they are used to determine how schools and districts receive funding from the state. The data used in this report were released by the Louisiana Department of Education and can be found online here. The February enrollment counts include accurate estimates of the number of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, which is an indicator of student poverty.

The Cowen Institute analyzes these data to uncover trends. Below, you can read and download the report, explore an interactive map of schools, and use interactive charts to view that data in different ways.