November 26, 2015

Reference: Just Released: “Digest of Education Statistics, 2012″

The Digest of Education Statistics, 2012 was recently published by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Note: Chapter seven of the report provides statistics about school libraries/media centers including six data tables.

The 48th in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest’s purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.

Highlights from the Report

  • Between 2001 and 2011, college enrollment increased 32 percent, from 15.9 million to 21.0 million.
  • 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.

Note: Some of the data found in this doc is not always new. The value is that a variety of data can be accessed in a single document.

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See Also: Previous Editions of the Digest (1990-2012)

Digest of Education Statistics 2012

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