Thursday, May 5, 2016

More Districts Charging for Activity Participation Since 2002

According to data gathered annually by KASB, more districts are charging students for certain components of student activities than they did in 2002.  The Calendar and Activities Survey includes questions about which type of student activity and what components of those activities are provided for students at no cost.  


The following table and graphic show the responses to these questions in 2002 compared to 2016.


(To see a two-page PDF of the above graphic, click here.)


Table:  Percent of Districts Charging for Activities

Item
Team Athletics
Individual Athletics
Spirit Squads
2002
2016
% Change
2002
2016
% Change
2002
2016
% Change
Camps
89.5%
90.5%
1.0%
93.9%
93.0%
-0.8%
79.8%
91.8%
12.0%
Laundry
54.5%
55.1%
0.6%
77.3%
72.8%
-4.5%
87.7%
81.0%
-6.7%
Meals
57.4%
79.1%
21.7%
66.4%
84.8%
18.4%
65.7%
84.2%
18.5%
Transport
1.8%
2.5%
0.7%
30.0%
20.9%
-9.1%
7.6%
5.7%
-1.9%
Uniforms
2.2%
2.5%
0.4%
36.1%
28.5%
-7.6%
30.3%
37.3%
7.0%
Item
Music Groups
Other Activities
All Activities
2002
2016
% Change
2002
2016
% Change
2002
2016
% Change
Camps
93.1%
96.2%
3.1%
93.9%
98.7%
4.9%
90.0%
94.1%
4.0%
Laundry
70.0%
74.7%
4.6%
93.1%
91.8%
-1.4%
76.5%
75.1%
-1.5%
Meals
62.5%
82.9%
20.5%
68.2%
88.6%
20.4%
64.0%
83.9%
19.9%
Transport
4.7%
3.8%
-0.9%
27.1%
22.2%
-4.9%
14.2%
11.0%
-3.2%
Uniforms
30.3%
37.3%
7.0%
80.5%
76.0%
-4.6%
35.9%
36.3%
0.4%


The majority of districts in 2002 provided uniforms and transportation at no charge for all activities except for the “other” category.  The majority of districts did charge students for meals, laundry, and camps across activities.  In addition, it seems that more districts charged for spirit squads and music groups than for individual athletics, and that more districts charged for individual athletics than for team athletics.


As can be seen, the trends in 2016 are very similar to those in 2002; the majority of districts provided uniforms and transportation at no charge for all activities except for the “other” category.  The majority of districts did charge students for meals, laundry, and camps across activities.  In addition, it seems that more districts charged for spirit squads and music groups than for individual athletics, and that more districts charged for individual athletics than for team athletics.


However, note that in 2016, the percent charging for transportation is much more equal across team athletics, spirit squads, and music groups.  Plus, the number of districts charging for meals increased approximately 20% across activities, and the number of districts charging for camps increased approximately 4%.  Conversely, the number of districts charging for transportation for activities decreased approximately 3% across activities, and the number of districts charging for laundry decreased approximately 2%, as shown in the following table. .


Overall, this data suggests:
  • The trends for charging students for activity participation have remained fairly constant over the last 14 years.
  • There has been an increase in the percent of districts charging for meals and camps related to activities.  
  • The percent of districts charging has become more consistent across activity types.  


For more on this data, visit kasb.org/research   

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