Statistics in Schools (SIS) and Census 2020

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Mark Freed

As teacher leaders, you are trusted by students, staff, community members and families and you have a direct line of communication with them. Supporting efforts to make sure every child is counted in the 2020 Census helps create a brighter future for our children.

This nationwide count happens every 10 years. When children are not counted, important decisions are affected, such as how much money is spent on services and programs such as special education, teacher training, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after-school programs.

Responses from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support these vital programs and more.

A great way to support Census 2020 efforts is to share free resources from Statistics in Schools (SIS) to teach students about the value and everyday use of statistics. SIS is a U.S. Census Bureau program that uses census statistics to create classroom materials for grades pre-K through 12. Teachers and subject matter experts nationwide helped develop each SIS activity to make sure it is valuable and engaging. The SIS program includes more than 200 activities and resources that enhance learning in a variety of subjects. These new materials will be available at the beginning of the school year at census.gov/schools.