ERIC Number: ED343946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
American Education at a Glance.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
This brochure presents essential facts about educational trends in the United States in table or graph form. Trends are detailed in 16 tables and six graphs related to the following: (1) participation in education; (2) number of schools; (3) enrollment; (4) teachers; (5) revenues; (6) expenditures; and (7) educational attainment. Over 25% of the people in the United States are students or are employed by schools or colleges. About 15,400 school districts operated over 83,000 public elementary schools and secondary schools in 1989. There were about 26,800 private elementary schools and secondary schools and about 3,500 colleges and universities. After years of decline, public elementary school and secondary school enrollment began to rise in 1985, as did enrollment in higher education. Mean salaries for the nation's more than 2.7 million elementary school and secondary school teachers have risen steadily, although more slowly than the inflation rate of the late 1970s and more rapidly than the inflation rate of the 1980s. In 1979, the state share of revenues for schools rose above the local share for the first time. The Federal share has remained relatively small. Expenditures for both elementary and secondary education and higher education were rising in 1989. Dropout rates for blacks and all students were declining; and the numbers of associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees were increasing. Five sources for the data are listed, including preeminently NCES's "Digest of Education Statistics, 1991."
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Fact Sheets