Digest of Education Statistics 2012

Digest of Education Statistics 2012
Digest of Education Statistics 2012
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Now Available in an updated edition!  Digest of Education Statistics 2012 is the 48th in a series of publications initiated in 1962. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education—from pre-kindergarten through graduate school—drawn from government and private sources, but especially from surveys and other activities led by NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) part of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES). The digest contains data on the number of schools, students, and teachers, as well as statistics on educational attainment, finances, libraries, technology, and international comparisons. Details on population trends, education attitudes, labor force characteristics, and federal aid supplies helpful background for evaluating the education data.

This statistical reference could be helpful to parents choosing schools for their children as well as for teachers, librarians, and public administrators as it tracks enrollment, population trends and key areas of studies with student progress. It also tracks the post-secondary/college level detailing undergraduate tuition and room/board estimate costs at private nonprofit institutions, private for profit institutions, and public institutions. In addition, it tallies the number of postsecondary degrees and provides some gender demographics in this area.

In addition to updating many of the statistics that have appeared in previous years, this edition contains new material, including:

• Percentage distribution of 6- to 18-year olds, by parent’s highest level of educational attainment, household type (either two-parent or single-parent), and child's race/ethnicity (table 12);
• Enrollment and percentage distribution of enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools, by race/ethnicity and region (table 44);
• Number and percentage of public school students participating in programs for English language learners, by state (table 47);
• Children 3 to 21 years old served under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B, by age group and race/ethnicity (table 49);
• Percentage of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children enrolled in preprimary programs, by attendance status, level of program, and selected child and family characteristics (table 57);
• Number and enrollment of public elementary and secondary schools that have closed, by school level and type (table 109);
• Number and percentage distribution of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, by school level, locale, and student race/ethnicity (table 112);
• Public elementary and secondary charter schools and enrollment, by state (table 117);
• First-time kindergartners’ reading, mathematics, science, cognitive flexibility, and approaches to learning scale scores in fall and spring of the kindergarten year, by selected child, family, and school characteristics (table 135);
• Number and percentage distribution of kindergartners, by kindergarten entry status (i.e., early entrant, on-time entrant, delayed entrant, or kindergarten repeater) and selected child, family, and school characteristics (table 136);
• Kindergartners’ reading, mathematics, science, cognitive flexibility, and approaches to learning scale scores in fall and spring of the kindergarten year, by kindergarten entry status (table 137);
• Percentage of 9th-grade students participating in various school-sponsored and non-school-sponsored activities, by sex and race/ethnicity (table 183);
• Percentage of 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-graders absent from school in the last month, by selected student and school characteristics and number of days absent (table 187);
• Total and current expenditures per pupil in fall enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools, by function and subfunction (table 214);
• Total fall enrollment in all postsecondary institutions participating in Title IV programs, by degree-granting status and control of institution (table 222);
• Percentage of recent high school completers enrolled in 2-year and 4-year colleges, by income level (table 236);
• Number of postsecondary students who entered the student loan repayment phase, number of students who defaulted, and 2-year student loan cohort default rates, by level and control of institution (table 400);
• Number and percentage of persons 16 to 24 years old who were neither enrolled in school nor working, by educational attainment, age group, family poverty status, and race/ethnicity (table 429);
• Employment to population ratios of all persons, males, and females 16 to 64 years old, by age group and educational attainment (tables 431, 432, and 433);
• Unemployment rates of all persons, males, and females 16 to 64 years old, by age group and educational attainment (tables 434, 435, and 436);
• Percentage of high school students age 16 over who were employed, by age group, sex, race/ethnicity, family income, nativity, and hours worked per week (table 441); and
• Average reading literacy scale scores of fourth-graders and percentage whose schools emphasize reading skills and strategies at or before second grade or at third grade, by sex and country or other education system (table 462).

Table of Contents


List of Figures

List of Text Tables

List of Reference Tables

Reader's Guide


Chapter 1. All Levels of Education

Chapter 2. Elementary and Secondary Education

Chapter 3. Postsecondary Education

Chapter 4. Federal Programs for Education and Related Activities

Chapter 5. Outcomes of Education

Chapter 6. International Comparisons of Education

Chapter 7. Libraries and Adult Education

Appendix A. Guide to Sources

Appendix B. Definitions

Appendix C. Index of Table Numbers


Parents, teachers, librarians, school administrators, State education officers, statisticians, policy makers, and students may be interested in this comprehensive data resource on the American educational system.

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Education Dept., National Center for EducaTion Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences
  • Snyder, Thomas D.
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  • Education Department Publication NCES 2014 015
  • Educational Statistics
  • Higher Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
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