Interesting Facts on American Education

The National Center for Education Statistics, a unit of the U.S. Department of Education, recently released The Condition of Education 2009, which is  filled with interesting information. I haven’t read the whole document, but if you’re interested in education, it’s worth looking at.

Here are some items that stand out from the full report. Page numbers refer to the page in the file, which is not the same as the page number in the document.


A majority of 3 and 4-year old children (55 percent) are now in preschool. This contrasts with 20 percent in 1970. (page 5)


Two in three 18 and 19-year olds are in college. This contrasts with fewer than half in 1970.  (page 5)


The number of children in home schooling has increased dramatically, from 850,000 in 1999 to 1.5 million in 2007. That’s an increase of 76 percent. They now comprise 2.9 percent of all school-aged children  (page 5 and 14 and following).


Roughly 11% of students are in private schools (page 46)


There are many other measurements in the report, including those dealing with student performance and school finance.

This page lists many different ways of getting to the report, or portions of it.

You can browse through the information here.

You can view or download the entire document (some 300+ pages and 4MB) in a PDF file if you click here.

You can read a shorter (41-page) version of the PDF file here.

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