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Health and STEM Career Expectations and Achievement by Demographic Characteristics of U.S. 15-Year-Olds

This brief details the percentage, and reports the average score, of students who foresee either a career in health fields or in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. » More info


New Report Provides Projections of Education Statistics to 2028

The new report shows that elementary and secondary school enrollment is expected to increase by 2 percent between 2016 and 2028. » More info


New Data on Schools' Policies Outlining the Role of Sworn Law Enforcement Officers at School

Data from the School Survey on Crime and Safety show that among schools with a sworn law enforcement officer present at least once a week, about two-thirds (64 percent) had a policy outlining the roles and responsibilities of these officers while at school. » More info


A Look at Use of Technology for Homework Assignments

This NCES First Look report provides information about the use of technology for homework assignments in grades 3-12. » 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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