Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Digest of Education Statistics 2012

The Digest of Education Statistics 2012 provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. Highlights from this year’s report include the following:

• The percentage of adults 25 years old and over who had completed at least high school increased from 84 percent in 2002 to 88 percent in 2012. The percentage of adults 25 years old and over who had completed a bachelor’s or higher degree increased from 27 percent to 31 percent.

• In 2011, about 64 percent of 3- to 5-year-olds were enrolled in preprimary education (nursery school and kindergarten), the same as the percentage in 2000. However, the percentage of children in full-day programs increased from 53 percent in 2000 to 59 percent in 2011.

• In fall 2010, White and Asian first-time kindergartners had higher average reading and mathematics scores than their Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native counterparts. First-time kindergartners from families with high socioeconomic status (SES) had higher average scores than children from low-SES families.

• Between 2001 and 2011, college enrollment increased 32 percent, from 15.9 million to 21.0 million. Much of this growth was in full-time enrollment; the number of full-time students rose 38 percent, while the number of part-time students rose 23 percent.

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