ERIC Number: ED308102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-14
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative Education: Statistics on Education in the United States and Selected Foreign Nations. CRS Report for Congress.
Redd, Kenneth; Riddle, Wayne C.
While there are severe limitations on the availability, comparability, and reliability of education statistics for the United States and other major foreign nations, a comparison of data reveals that the relative ranking of the United States among other nations with respect to educational participation in general is high, but that it is low in certain specific areas. The major source of data for this study is the "1987 Statistical Yearbook" of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Data are compared for three areas: participation (15 tables and charts); expenditures (11 tables and charts); and achievement (8 tables and charts). At the gross enrollment rate, the United States is among the highest in the world at the secondary level, and the highest at the postsecondary level. The pupil-teacher ratio for the United States however, is high when compared to the other nations. The United States ranks relatively high in both share of gross national product (GNP) and of total government expenditures that are devoted to education, although other nations place a higher emphasis on spending at the primary and secondary educational levels. Achievement scores for the United States were relatively lower at higher age/grade levels in all subject areas, particularly in mathematics and foreign language (French). Tests were sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. A brief discussion and analysis section on the various tables and charts in each of the three data sections helps to provide meaningful comparisons of the data. (PPB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Rating, Comparative Analysis, Data Interpretation, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Expenditure per Student, Expenditures, Federal Aid, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Mathematics Achievement, Postsecondary Education, Statistical Surveys
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; China; France; Italy; Japan; Mexico; Sweden; United Kingdom; USSR; West Germany