May 16, 2022

Reference: NCES Releases Digest of Education Statistics 2013, Includes Some School and Academic Library Data

From the National Center for Education Statistics:

The National Center for Education (NCES) [has] released Digest of Education Statistics, 2013 [49th. ed.].

[Note: Chapter seven of the digest is devoted to library and technology statistics. It begins on page 789 of the document.]

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.

Key findings appearing in the Digest include:

Fall 2013 marked a new record for public elementary school enrollment, according to projections. Public elementary enrollments are expected to continue increasing, with an overall increase of 5 percent between 2013 and 2023. Public secondary enrollment is expected to increase 3 percent between 2013 and 2023.

Between 1990 and 2012, the status dropout rate—that is, the percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who have not completed high school and are not enrolled in school—declined from 12.1 to 6.6 percent. Although the status dropout rate declined for both Blacks and Hispanics during this period, their rates (7.5 and 12.7 percent, respectively) remained higher than the rate for Whites (4.3 percent) in 2012.

Between fall 2000 and fall 2010, enrollment in 2-year and 4-year colleges rose 37 percent, from 15.3 million to 21.0 million. Enrollment then decreased 2 percent to 20.6 million in fall 2012.

From 1976 to 2012, the percentage of Hispanic college students rose from 4 percent to 15 percent, the percentage of Asian/Pacific Islander students rose from 2 percent to 6 percent, the percentage of Black students rose from 10 percent to 15 percent, and the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native students rose from 0.7 to 0.9 percent.

Americans are completing more years of education. The percentage of 25- to 29-year-olds who had completed high school rose from 87 percent in 2003 to 90 percent in 2013. During the same time period, the percentage of young adults with a bachelor’s or higher degree increased from 28 percent to 34 percent.

Fast Fact #1: In 2011-2012 7,441 Library Science Masters Degrees Were Conferred in the U.S. (page 588)

Fast Fact #2: During 1970-71 7,001 Library Science Masters Degrees Were Conferred in the U.S. (page 607)

Fast Fact #3: “Among public schools that had a library in 2011–12, the average number of library staff per school was 1.8, including 0.9 certified library/media specialists (table 701.10).”

Fast Fact #4: In 2010, there were 8,951 public libraries in the United States with a total of 808 million books and serial volumes (table 701.60).”

Fast Fact #5: “In 2011–12, there were libraries at 81 percent of degree-granting institutions overall, 95 percent of public institutions, 88 percent of private nonprofit institutions, and 55 percent of private for-profit institutions.”


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