ERIC Number: ED148690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Educational Attainment in the United States: March 1977 and 1976. Current Population Reports, Population Characteristics, Series P-20, No. 314.
Suter, Larry E.
The report presents statistics which compare the educational attainment of the U.S. population in 1977 and 1976, to attainment levels in 1970. A considerable difference is evident between educational levels of older and younger persons in the United States: persons 25 to 29 years old in 1977 were twice as likely to be high school graduates as persons 60 years old and over. However, data indicate that differences in educational levels between age groups will be smaller in future years. In 1977, a significantly smaller number of men 18 to 21 years old had completed at least one year of college than men of the same age group in 1970. This may be due to the recent decrease in the attraction of a college education. There has been a more rapid increase of blacks as compared with whites in the proportion who were high school graduates by 1977. The high school graduation rates of the two racial groups began to converge in successively younger age groups of persons between 65 and 25 years old in 1977. The bulk of the report contains tables of statistics which document these and other trends. Comparative statistics by sex, marital status, and Spanish origin are included, also. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Census Figures, Demography, Educational Attainment, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, National Surveys, Population Trends, Statistical Data
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($1.35, paper cover)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD. Population Div.
Note: Not available in hard copy from EDRS due to small type size of much of the original document; For related documents, see ED 098 729, ED 127 233