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In fall 2021, there were 49.4 million students and 3.2 million full-time equivalent teachers in public elementary and secondary schools.

Average of $14,295 per student for current expenditures in public PK–12 schools in 2020–21

19.0 million students attended postsecondary institutions in fall 2021

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Transportation Violence prevention Written plans for emergency scenariosFast Facts Infographics Average number of hours per week that regular full-time public K12 school teachers spent on all teaching and other school-related activities during a typical full week, by state: 202021Fast Facts Infographics Change in public school enrollment between Fall 2019 and Fall 2021, by state or jurisdictionFast Facts Infographics Enrollment in Private Schools by Grade Span: SY 2019–20 to SY 2021–22Fast Facts Infographics Enrollment in Private Schools by Religious Affiliation: SY 2019–20 to SY 2021–22Fast Facts Infographics Enrollment in Private Schools by School Level: SY 2019–20 to SY 2021–22Fast Facts Infographics In 2022, some 92 percent of 25- to 29-year olds who were American Indian/Alaska Native had completed at least high schoolFast Facts Infographics Number of Full-Time-Equivalent Teachers at Private Schools by Religious Affiliation: SY 2019–20 to SY 2021–22Fast Facts Infographics Number of Full-Time-Equivalent Teachers at Private Schools by School Level: SY 2019–20 to SY 2021–22Fast Facts Infographics Number of Private Schools: SY 2019–20 to SY 2021–22.Fast Facts Infographics Of public K12 schools that had teaching vacancies in special education for the current school year, percentage that found it very difficult or were not able to fill the vacancies, by state: 202021Fast Facts Infographics Of the 49.6 million students enrolled in preK–12 public schools in fall 2022, 7.4 million were Black students.Fast Facts Infographics Percent of public schools with instruction beyond the normal school day for students who need academic assistance in any K12 grades, by state: 202021Fast Facts Infographics Percentage change in public school enrollment between SY 2019 and 2022Fast Facts Infographics Percentage change in public school enrollment between SY 2021 and 2022Fast Facts Infographics Select findings from the August 2023 administration of the School Pulse Panel (SPP)
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Adult learning Adult skills in an international context College crime Degrees conferred by race/ethnicity and sex Distance learning Educational attainment Educational institutions Employment after degree Employment rates of young adults
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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, by gender Student debt Students with disabilities Time to degree Title IX Tuition costs of colleges and universities
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Undergraduate graduation ratesFast Facts Infographics In 2019-20, 72 percent of all undergraduates received some type of financial aid.Fast Facts Infographics In 2019-20, Average Amounts of Federal Student Aid Received by UndergraduatesFast Facts Infographics In 2021–22, postsecondary institutions awarded 61,074 STEM degrees/certificates to Black students.Fast Facts Infographics In academic year 2021–22, postsecondary institutions awarded 11,709 degrees/certificates in visual and performing arts to Black students.Fast Facts Infographics Percentage of Undergraduates Receiving Federal Student Aid in 2019-20Fast Facts Infographics Postsecondary degrees/certificates awarded to women: 202122Fast Facts Infographics STEM degrees/certificates awarded to Asian and Pacific Islander students: 202122Fast Facts Infographics STEM degrees/certificates awarded to Black students: 202021Fast Facts Infographics Tribally controlled institutions (TCUs)Fast Facts Infographics Undergraduate and graduate student enrollment in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by level of institution: Fall 2010 through fall 2021