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ERIC Number: ED556901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 320
Abstractor: ERIC
The Condition of Education 2015. NCES 2015-144
Kena, Grace; Musu-Gillette, Lauren; Robinson, Jennifer; Wang, Xiaolei; Rathbun, Amy; Zhang, Jijun; Wilkinson-Flicker, Sidney; Barmer, Amy; Velez, Erin Dunlop Velez
National Center for Education Statistics
The U.S. Congress has mandated that the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) produce an annual report to help inform policymakers about the progress of education in the United States. Using data from across the center and from other sources of education data, "The Condition of Education 2015" presents 42 key indicators on important topics and trends in U.S. education. These indicators focus on population characteristics, such as educational attainment and economic outcomes, participation in education at all levels, as well as aspects of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education, including international comparisons. New to the report this year are three spotlight indicators that describe approaches to learning behaviors for first-time kindergartners, disparities in educational outcomes among male youth of color, and differences in postsecondary degree completion by socioeconomic status. This report also includes a new feature--The At a Glance--that allows readers to quickly make comparisons within and across indicators. This year's Condition shows that 91 percent of young adults ages 25 to 29 had a high school diploma or its equivalent in 2014, and that 34 percent had a bachelor's or higher degree. As in previous years, median earnings were higher for 25- to 34-year-olds with higher levels of education in 2013. Also, in 2014, the unemployment rate was generally lower for those with higher levels of education. A glossary of terms is included. ["The Condition of Education 2014. NCES 2014-083" can be viewed in ERIC at ED545122.]
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Trend Analysis, Educational Attainment, Student Characteristics, Bachelors Degrees, Masters Degrees, Gender Differences, High School Graduates, College Graduates, Racial Differences, Foreign Countries, Adults, Wages, Salaries, Employment Level, Income, Age Differences, Unemployment, Labor Force, Children, Adolescents, Poverty, Geographic Location, Enrollment Trends, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Kindergarten, Parent Background, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Private Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Ethnic Groups, English Language Learners, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Undergraduate Study, College Attendance, Distance Education, Graduate Study, School Size, Racial Composition, Crime, Victims of Crime, Violence, Teacher Student Ratio, Educational Finance, Financial Support, State Aid, Taxes, Expenditures, International Schools, Expenditure per Student, Economic Factors, Student Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Scores, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, Academic Persistence, Course Selection (Students), Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, College Students, Preschool Children, Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, Family Income, Full Time Students, Student Employment, Costs, Tuition, Student Financial Aid, Grants, Scholarships, Student Loan Programs, College Faculty, Teacher Characteristics, Loan Default, Loan Repayment, Public Colleges, Private Colleges
National Center for Education Statistics. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Elementary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED); American Institutes for Research; RTI International
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Title IV; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Program for International Student Assessment; Progress in International Reading Literacy Study; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: ED-IES-12-D-0002