The number of school-aged children of Active Duty members, according to a recent report from the Lexington Institute and the Collaborative for Student Success -- Getting School Districts Ready for the Military Student Identifier. Of this 1.2 million, three quarters are under the age of 12, three quarters attend traditional public schools or public charter schools, and 10% attend nonpublic schools.
According to the report:
"The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is now starting to impact state and local educational systems across the country as they assess students, collect data, make accountability determinations, and work to provide a more equitable and successful educational experience for all students. While the law impacts all students in one way or another, it has a particular relevance for military-connected students.
ESSA requires all states to collect — and report — assessment data on military-connected students, defined to include students with a parent who is a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard on active duty, including full-time National Guard duty.
Gauging the performance of the nation’s 1.2 million military-connected children is vital because they move many times during their K-12 years, far more than typical American children. As a result, they are at much greater risk for uneven and inconsistent education."