Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Condition of Education in the United States
The National Center for Education Statistics released The Condition of Education 2017 today (May 25), a congressionally mandated report that summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. This year’s report provides new analyses on a wide range of issues, including homelessness in public schools and student persistence in postsecondary education. Findings from the new analyses include:
• In 2014–15, about 2.5 percent of students in U.S. public elementary and secondary schools were reported as homeless children or youth (1.3 million students). The percentage of homeless students varied based on the location of the school: 2.0 percent in suburban school districts, 2.4 percent in rural districts, 2.6 percent in town districts, and 3.7 percent in city districts;
• 57 percent of first-time postsecondary students who began at 2-year institutions in 2011–12 were still enrolled or had attained a certificate or degree by spring 2014, compared to 80 percent for students who began at 4-year institutions;
• In 2015, about 16 percent of 25- to 64-year-olds who had not completed high school had one or more disabilities, compared to 4 percent of those who had completed a bachelor’s degree and 3 percent of those who had completed a master’s or higher degree; and
• The percentage of students who use the Internet at home varied by parental education level in 2015, ranging from 42 percent for children whose parents had not completed high school to 71 percent for those whose parents had completed a bachelor’s or higher degree.
The 2017 report also includes other key findings on topics ranging from prekindergarten through postsecondary education, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons.