School-Age Population Estimates
Amendments in 2010 to Section 58.1-638 of the Code of Virginia replaced the triennial census conducted by school divisions with an annual estimate of the school-age (5 to 19 year olds) population from the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
Weldon Cooper Center’s July 1 school-age population estimate is provided annually. The estimate includes the number of special education students ages 2–4 and 20–21 reported on the December 1, Special Education Child Count. The estimates are used to distribute sales tax revenue to school divisions in the fiscal year beginning two years after the date of the estimate.
For more information about the current school-Age population estimates and associated sales tax distribution, see Superintendent's Memo 179-18 - July 13, 2018