May 27, 2022

Now Available: “The Condition of Education in the United States 2020”

The Condition of Education in the United States 2020 was published today by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Key Findings

  • In fall 2017, some 50.7 million students were enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools (prekindergarten through grade 12), with a projected increase to 51.1 million students (a 1 percent increase) by 2029.
  • Between fall 2000 and fall 2017, overall public charter school enrollment increased from 0.4 million to 3.1 million. During this period, the percentage of public school students who attended charter schools increased from 1 to 6 percent.
  • In 2016–17, public schools spent $12,794 per pupil on current expenditures (in constant 2018–19 dollars), a category that includes salaries, employee benefits, purchased services, and supplies. After adjusting for inflation, current expenditures per pupil were 20 percent higher in 2016–17 than in 2000–01.
  • The overall college enrollment rate for 18- to 24-year-olds at undergraduate or graduate institutions increased from 35 percent in 2000 to 41 percent in 2018.
  • Educational attainment rates for 25- to 29-year-olds increased at all levels between 2000 and 2019. During this time, the percentage with high school completion or higher increased from 88 to 94 percent, the percentage with an associate’s or higher degree increased from 38 to 49 percent, the percentage with a bachelor’s or higher degree increased from 29 to 39 percent, and the percentage with a master’s or higher degree increased from 5 to 9 percent.

Direct to Full Text Report
348 pages; PDF.

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9 pages; PDF.

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2 pages; PDF.

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About Gary Price

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