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Public School Data Files for School Year 2016-17 released

These files are the product of the Common Core of Data data collection for the 2016-17 school year. » More info


New and updated training modules available online.

The Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) online training system has been updated. » More info


A Look at Parent and Student Expectations of Highest Education Level

Parents and their high schoolers' educational expectations are discussed in this Data Point using data from NCES's most recent secondary longitudinal cohort study (HSLS:09). » More info


Why Didn't Students Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? A Detailed Look

This Statistics in Brief builds on prior NCES publications to provide an updated and detailed look at why students, or their parents, reported that they did not complete the FAFSA. » 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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