Secretary Riley & other Department officials have said in recent speeches...
"Next year, we will have more young people in our schools than at any time in our nation's history -- 51.7 million -- breaking the record set in 1971 when the baby boomers came of age."
"One year ago, only 35 percent of all of America's public schools were hooked up to the Internet. Today, that figure stands at 50 percent."
"By 1992, the proportion of high school graduates taking the core curriculum recommended in `A Nation at Risk' (4 years of English, 3 years of social studies, 3 years of science, 3 years of math) had increased to 47 percent, up from 13 percent in 1982."
Have you ever wondered where all these statistics come from? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Often, the source is the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). As the main federal agency responsible for gathering & reporting statistics on education in the U.S., NCES generates a treasure-trove of data on...
student achievement, adult literacy, attainment (in postsecondary education), school choice, crime, curriculum, dropouts, economic outcomes, enrollment, extended day, faculty, financial resources, graduate education, international comparisons, literacy, minorities, opinions, parent involvement, readiness, sports, teachers, technology, & more.
Much of this statistical information is now available on NCES's new Web site: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://www.ed.gov/NCES/
For a sampling of what you'll find there, please read on.
*************************** NCES Web: A Brief Sampling from "Education at a Glance" ***************************
How well are U.S. students doing in reading, history, geography, & other subjects?
You'll find answers in publications from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Also known as "the nation's report card," NAEP is the only nationally representative, ongoing assessment of what America's students know & can do in various subject areas. http://www.ed.gov/NCES/indihome.html#Achievement
How many students are enrolled in preschool, K-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, & adult education? How much do teachers' salaries vary across the U.S.? What percentage of students are completing high school? How many are earning college degrees?
Answers to these & many other questions can be found in "The Digest of Education Statistics" (which is the primary resource publication on education statistics) & "The Condition of Education" (an annual report to Congress focusing on 60 indicators of the condition & progress of education). http://www.ed.gov/NCES/indihome.html
=============================================================== OTHER TOPICS & BRIEF DOCUMENTS you'll find on the "Education at a Glance" page of the NCES Web site include:
Access... Use of School Choice (June 1995) Net price of postsecondary education attendance
Achievement... Results From The NAEP 1994 U.S. History Assessment -- At A Glance NAEP 1994 Reading: A First Look NAEP 1994 U.S. History: A First Look NAEP 1994 Geography: A First Look
Adult education... Forty Percent of Adults Participate in Adult Education Activities: 1994-95 (November 1995)
Choice of school... Use of School Choice (June 1995)
Classroom... Student exposure to faculty at institutions of higher education
College application... Making the Cut: Who Meets Highly Selective College Entrance Criteria? (April 1995)
Cost of higher education... Net price of postsecondary education attendance
Crime in the schools... How Safe Are the Public Schools: What Do Teachers Say? (April 1996) Gangs and Victimization at School (July 1995) Student Victimization At School (October 1995) Student Strategies To Avoid Harm At School (October 1995)
Curriculum... High school course-taking in the core subject areas High school mathematics and science course-taking patterns
Discipline... Student absenteeism and tardiness
Dropouts... Persistence in high school
Economic outcomes... Welfare recipiency, by educational attainment Labor market outcomes of literacy and education
Enrollment... Public School Student, Staff, and Graduate Counts by State, School Year 1993-94 (May 1995) School Enrollment Expected To Surpass Historic All-Time High (June 1993)
Extended-day programs... Extended-Day Programs in Elementary and Combined Schools? (April 1996)
Financial resources... Public school district funding differences Current Elementary and Secondary Expenditures--1990s and Beyond (October 1993) Graduate education
High school graduates... Public School Student, Staff, and Graduate Counts by State, School Year 1993-94 (May 1995)
Literacy... International comparisons of adult literacy (December 1995)
Minorities... Where Do Minority Principals Work? (April 1996) What Academic Programs Are Offered Most Frequently in Schools Serving American Indian and Alaskan Native Students? (April 1996)
Opinions about schools... What Are The Most Serious Problems In Schools? (January 1993)
Outcomes: health, civic, etc... Community service and volunteerism
Parental involvement... Types of contact between parents and school personnel
Preschool... Child Care and Early Education Program Participation of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (October 1995) Readiness For Kindergarten: Parent And Teacher Beliefs (December 1993)
Principals... Where Do Minority Principals Work? (April 1996) Public and Private School Principals: Are There Too Few Women? (January 1994) Teaching, Administrative, And Other Work Experience Of Public School Principals (June 1993)
Progress... Time to complete a doctorate degree, by field of study
Sports in schools... Who Can Play? An Examination Of NCAA's Proposition 16 (July 1995)
State level statistics... Public School Student, Staff, and Graduate Counts by State, School Year 1993-94 (May 1995)
Teachers... What Criteria Are Used in Considering Teacher Applicants? (April 1996) Are High School Teachers Teaching Core Subjects Without College Majors or Minors in Those Subjects? (April 1996) Which Types of Schools Have the Highest Teacher Turnover? (August 1995 ) Migration and Attrition of Public and Private School Teachers: 1991-1992 (August 1995) Literacy of teachers Teacher Salaries - Are They Competitive? (March 1993)
Technology... Student use of computers
Working students... Working while in college
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