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A Look at High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Coursetaking as of 2013

A new set of web tables looks at public high school graduates' participation in career and technical education (CTE) as of 2013, and from 1992 to 2013. » More info


Persistence, Retention, and Degree Attainment Among 2011–12 First-Time Beginning Postsecondary Students as of Spring 2017.

A new First Look report from NCES examines 2011–12 first-time beginning postsecondary students’ persistence, retention, and attainment in postsecondary education 6 years after their initial enrollment. » More info


New Report Provides Projections of Education Statistics to 2027

The new report shows that elementary and secondary school enrollment is expected to increase by 4 percent between 2015 and 2027. » More info


The NCES Ed Tech Equity Initiative: Data Collection Priorities!

NCES launched the Ed Tech Equity Initiative to better inform the condition of American education by giving greater attention to ed tech equity in the context of K12 education. » More info

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The Condition of Education

The Condition of Education is an annual report to Congress summarizing important developments and trends in the U.S. education system. The report presents 50 indicators on topics ranging from prekindergarten through postsecondary education, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons. Discover how you can use the Condition of Education to stay informed about the latest education data.

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Data Snapshot

PIRLS overall reading average scale scores of fourth-grade students, by education system: 2016The U.S. PIRLS overall average reading score of fourth-grade students was 549. This score was higher than the PIRLS scale centerpoint, which is set at 500 points.

SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), 2016.

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The Condition of Education

Condition of EducationBrowse key indicators on the condition of education in the United States at all levels, from prekindergarten through postsecondary, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons. The indicators summarize important developments and trends using the latest statistics, which are updated throughout the year as new data become available.

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