National

Here are some statistics relating to education at the national level. They are reprinted from “Facts for Features,” issued by the U.S. Census Bureau on June 15, 2010. Most of the numbers are a few years old, owing to the need to collect information from all the states, which in turn gather information from school districts.

Students

76 million – The number of children and adults enrolled in school throughout the country in October 2008 — from nursery school to college. They comprised 27 percent of the entire population 3 and older. Source: School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Student.

Pre-K through 12 Enrollment

53% – Percentage of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in school in October 2008. Source: School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students

72% – Percentage of children 3 to 6 enrolled in kindergarten who attended all day, as of October 2008. Source: School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students.

56 million – The projected number of students to be enrolled in the nation’s elementary through high schools (grades K-12) this fall. Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 214.

11% – Projected percentage of elementary through high school students enrolled in private schools this fall. Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 214.

52% – Percentage of 12- to 17-year-olds who were highly engaged in school in 2006, up 5 percentage points from 1998. For 6- to 11-year-olds, the respective increase was from 56 percent to 59 percent. Source: A Child’s Day: 2006 (Selected Indicators of Child Well-Being).

How Many Schools?

98,793 – Number of public schools in 2006-07. In 2007-08, there were 28,218 private schools. Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Tables 234 and 255 (Note: Data for public and private schools pertain to different years because they were collected from separate surveys.)

4,352- Number of institutions of higher education in 2007. Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 269.

3,970- The number of public charter schools nationwide in 2006-07. These schools, exempt from selected state and local rules and regulations, enrolled 1.2 million students. Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 233.

Teachers and Other School Personnel

7.2 million – Number of teachers in the United States in 2008. Almost 3 million taught at the elementary and middle school level. The remainder included those teaching at the postsecondary, secondary, preschool and kindergarten levels. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 603.

$63,640 – Average annual salary of public school teachers in California as of the 2006-2007 school year — the highest of any state. Teachers in South Dakota received the lowest pay — $35,378. The national average was $50,758. High school principals earned $97,486 annually in 2007-08. Source: National Education Association and Educational Research Service as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Tables 247 and 250

$16.56 – Average hourly wage for the nation’s school bus drivers in 2007-08. Custodians earned $14.19, while cafeteria workers made $11.60. Source: Educational Research Service as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 250 <>

Government Spending on Public Education

$10,259 – The per-pupil expenditure on public elementary and secondary education nationally in 2008. New York ($17,173) spent the most among states or state equivalents, followed by New Jersey ($16,491) and Alaska ($14,630). Utah ($5,765) spent the least per student, followed by Idaho ($6,931) and Arizona ($7,608). Source: Public Education Finances: 2008.

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