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NCES 2017420 Use of Private Loans by Postsecondary Students: Selected Years 2003–04 through 2011–12
This Statistics in Brief examines the use of private education loans by both undergraduate and graduate students in the 2003–04, 2007–08, and 2011–12 academic years. The data used in this study are nationally representative of U.S. postsecondary students and are drawn from three administrations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS)—NPSAS:04, NPSAS:08, and NPSAS:12.
NCES 2017414 New American Undergraduates: Enrollment Trends and Age at Arrival of Immigrant and Second-Generation Students
This Statistics in Brief profiles the demographic and enrollment characteristics of New Americans (undergraduates who are immigrants or children of immigrants). Based on data from the 2011–12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12), the report examines how the proportions of immigrants (first generation) and children of immigrants (second generation) in postsecondary education have changed over time and compares the demographic characteristics, academic preparation, and postsecondary enrollment of these New Americans with other undergraduates (third generation or higher). The core analysis compares the demographic characteristics, academic preparation, and enrollment characteristics of New American students with a focus on Asian and Hispanic undergraduates. The report also examines immigrant students’ age at arrival in the United States and its association with their academic preparation and enrollment.
NCES 2017002 Highlights from TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Students in Grades 4 and 8 and in Advanced Courses at the End of High School in an International Context
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015 is the sixth administration of this international comparative study since 1995 when first administered. TIMSS is used to compare over time the mathematics and science knowledge and skills of fourth- and eighth-graders. TIMSS is designed to align broadly with mathematics and science curricula in the participating countries. The results, therefore, suggest the degree to which students have learned mathematics and science concepts and skills likely to have been taught in school. In 2015, TIMSS was administered in 49 IEA member countries and 6 other education systems at grade 4, and in 38 IEA member countries and 6 other education systems at grade 8.

TIMSS Advanced assesses the advanced mathematics and physics knowledge and skills of students at the end of high school who have taken courses in advanced mathematics and physics. TIMSS Advanced 2015 represents only the second administration in which the United States has participated since the first administration in 1995, and is designed to align broadly with the advanced mathematics and physics curricula in the participating countries. The results, therefore, suggest the degree to which students have learned the advanced mathematics and physics concepts and skills likely to have been taught in school. Nine countries participated in TIMSS Advanced 2015.

The focus of the report is on the performance of U.S. students relative to their peers in other countries on TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015, and, for TIMSS results, on changes in achievement since 2011 and 1995. For a number of participating countries and education systems, changes in achievement can be documented over the last 20 years, from 1995 to 2015. This report also describes the characteristics of students who participated in the advanced mathematics and physics assessments at the end of high school, and describes the performance of males and females in these subjects. In addition, it includes achievement in Florida, a U.S. state that participated in TIMSS both as part of the U.S. national sample of public and private schools as well as individually with state-level samples of public schools.

In addition to numerical scale results, TIMSS also includes international benchmarks. The TIMSS international benchmarks provide a way to interpret the scale scores by describing the types of knowledge and skills students demonstrate at different levels along the TIMSS scale.

Additional tables with TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced results will be available on the NCES website at
NCES 2016145 Student Victimization in U.S. Schools: Results From the 2013 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey
This report uses data from the 2013 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) to examine student criminal victimization and the characteristics of crime victims and nonvictims. It also provides findings on student reports of the presence of gangs and weapons and the availability of drugs and alcohol at school, student reports of bullying and cyberbullying, and fear and avoidance behaviors of crime victims and nonvictims at school.
NCES 2016112REV Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2015-16; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2014-15; and 12-Month Enrollment: 2014-15: First Look (Provisional Data)
This First Look is a revised version of the preliminary report released on July 14, 2016. It includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall 2015 collection, which included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2015-16 academic year, Completions covering the period July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, and data on 12-Month Enrollment for the 2014-15 academic year.
NCES 2016074 Changes in America’s Public School Facilities: From School Year 1998–99 to School Year 2012–13
This Statistics in Brief summarizes the changes from the 1998–99 to the 2012–13 school years in the average age of public schools, ratings of satisfaction of the environmental quality of school facilities, the cost to put school buildings in good overall condition, and short-range plans to improve school facilities.
NCES 2016107 Employment Status of Postsecondary Completers in 2009: Examination of Credential Level and Occupational Credentials
This Data Point uses data from the 2009 follow-up to the 2004 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study to examine the rates of employment among students who do and do not earn a postsecondary credential, and among those who earn a credential in an occupational versus academic field. The Data Point also looks at the percent of students who get a job related to their field of study.
NCES 2016040 Highlights from the U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults: Their Skills, Work Experience, Education, and Training
The U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults was designed to provide policymakers, administrators, educators, and researchers with information to improve educational and training opportunities for incarcerated adults and foster skills they need in order to return to, and work successfully in, society upon release from prison. This report highlights data from the survey’s extensive background questionnaire and direct assessments of cognitive skills. It examines the skills of incarcerated adults in relationship to their work experiences and to their education and training in prison. Results for incarcerated adults on the literacy and numeracy domains are presented in two ways: (1) as scale scores (estimated on a 0-500 scale), and (2) as percentages of adults reaching the proficiency levels established for each of these domains. The report includes results for groups of incarcerated adults by various characteristics, including employment prior to incarceration, experiences with prison jobs, skills certifications, educational attainment in prison, and participation in academic programs and training classes.
NCES 2017407 Employment and Enrollment Status of Baccalaureate Degree Recipients 1 Year After Graduation: 1994, 2001, and 2009
These Web Tables present information on the employment and enrollment status of first-time bachelor’s degree recipients one year after graduation. The analysis uses data collected in the first follow-up surveys of three administrations of the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B). The first follow-up studies, conducted in 1994, 2001, and 2009, respectively, collected data on graduates’ undergraduate education experiences and their early postbaccalaureate employment and enrollment.
NCES 2016243 Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results From the 2013-14 Private School Universe Survey
This First Look Report provides selected findings from the 2013-14 Private School Universe Survey (PSS) regarding private schools that were in operation during the 2013-14 school year. The data include information on school size, school level, religious orientation, association membership, geographic region, community type, and program emphasis. The PSS collects nonfiscal data biennially from the universe of private schools in the United States with grades kindergarten through twelve.
NCES 2016096 Homeschooling in the United States: 2012
This Statistics in Brief provides estimates of the number and percentage of homeschooled students in the United States in 2012 and compares these estimates with 1999, 2003, and 2007. It describes the demographic characteristics of homeschoolers and reasons parents choose to homeschool their children. It presents parent reports on curriculum sources, online learning, and math and science subjects the child has been taught since beginning homeschooling.
NFES 2017016 Forum Guide to Data Visualization: A Resource for Education Agencies
The purpose of this publication is to recommend data visualization practices that will help education agencies communicate data meaning in visual formats that are accessible, accurate, and actionable for a wide range of education stakeholders. Although this resource is designed for staff in education agencies, many of the visualization principles apply to other fields as well.
NCES 2016157 NAEP Science 2015 State Snapshot Reports
Each state and jurisdiction that participated in the NAEP 2015 Science assessment receives a one-page snapshot report that presents key findings and trends in a condensed format. The reports in this series provide bulleted text describing overall student results, bar charts showing NAEP achievement levels for selected years in which the state participated, and tables displaying results by gender, race/ethnicity, and eligibility for free/reduced-price lunch. In addition, bulleted text describes the trends in average scale score gaps by gender, race/ethnicity, and eligibility for free/reduced-price lunch. A map comparing the average score in 2015 to other states/jurisdictions is also displayed.
NCES 2016162 The Nation’s Report Card: 2015 Science at Grades 4, 8 and 12
This report presents results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2015 science assessment. The report includes national and state results on the performance of fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade students. Results are presented in terms of average scores and as percentages of students performing at or above the three NAEP achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. In addition to overall scores, results are reported by race/ethnicity, gender, type of school, and other demographic groups. The 2015 trend in national average science scores showed increases at grades 4 and 8 since 2009 and at grade 8 since 2011. There was no significant change in the average science score for twelfth-grade students. Compared to 2009, scores in 2015 were higher at grades 4 and 8 in all three science content areas (physical science, life science, and Earth and space sciences), while there were no significant changes in content area scores at grade 12. Scores for most student groups at grades 4 and 8 were higher compared to 2009, but were not significantly different at grade 12. At grades 4 and 8, Black and Hispanic students made greater gains than White students, causing the achievement gap to narrow in comparison to 2009. In 2015, the gender score gap remained at grades 8 and 12, and there was no difference between male and female student scores at grade 4. Results for states/jurisdictions in 2015 showed that 18 states/jurisdictions scored higher at grade 4 and 24 states/jurisdictions scored higher at grade 8 compared to 2009; compared to 2011, twelve states/jurisdictions scored higher at grade 8.
NCES 2016117 Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2013
This report draws on an array of nationally representative surveys and administrative datasets to present statistics on high school dropout and completion rates. The report includes estimates of the percentage of students who drop out in a given 12-month period (event dropout rates), the percentage of young people in a specified age range who are high school dropouts (status dropout rates), and the percentage of young people in a specified age range who hold high school credentials (status completion rates). In addition, the report includes data on the percentage of students who graduate within four years of starting ninth grade (adjusted cohort graduation rates), an estimated on-time graduation rate used to examine long-term trends (averaged freshman graduation rate), and data on GED test takers. This edition’s spotlight indicator explores data on high school students who drop out but later reenter high school (stopouts) and the reasons that students cite for dropping out of school. This report updates a series of NCES reports on high school dropout and completion rates that began in 1988.
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