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The primary purpose of the Fast Facts website is to provide users with concise information on a range of educational issues, from early childhood to adult learning. Fast Facts draw from various published sources and are updated as new data become available. Additional references on each of these topics are highlighted within each fact.


Back to School Stats In fall 2020, about 48.1 million public school students attended elementary and secondary schools either in person, online, or through some combination of the two. In 2018-19, an estimated $667 billion was spent on public school education. These are just a few of the statistics contained in the Back to School fact, which offers data about American elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools, students, and the educational process.

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What information do you have about career and technical education (CTE) in public high schools?
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Public school students in 28 states scored higher than their peers in the nation; students in 15 states and the District of Columbia scored lower than their peers nationally. The interactive map provides details. (NCES Reference)

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ePIRLS (International) 2016 Assessment 4th –graders online reading score:<br /><br />

U.S. ePIRLS Average 557<br />

ePIRLS scale average: 500
ePIRLS (International) 2016 Assessment 4th –graders online reading score:

U.S. ePIRLS Average 557
ePIRLS scale average: 500 (more info)