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Historical reports

Question:
Where may I find information on archived versions of older NCES publications?

Response:
Since 1870, the federal government has collected statistics on the condition and progress of American education. In the beginning, data were collected on basic items, such as public elementary and secondary school enrollment, attendance, teachers and their salaries, high school graduates, and expenditures. Over the years, the level of detail has gradually increased. By looking at changes in the data over time—for instance, number of schools, participation rates, completion rates, and expenditures—we see how our nation has progressed.

Below is a list that contains the titles of and links to key publications from NCES and predecessor agencies that are archived on the National Library of Education, Hathi Trust, and Educational Research Information Center (ERIC) sites.


Digest of Education Statistics

Initiated in 1962, the Digest’s purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.

To view versions of the Digest from 1990 to the present, please visit this page: https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/getpubcats.asp?sid=091.

Digest of Education Statistics (1962–1989)
Year Link Source
1962 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED544046 ERIC
1963 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED544106 ERIC
1964 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED544136 ERIC
1965 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uiug.30112073934413 Hathi Trust
1966 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.l0053873089 Hathi Trust
1967 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uiug.30112101050208 Hathi Trust
1968 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED026729 ERIC
1969 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED035996 ERIC
1970 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=osu.32435028986255 Hathi Trust
1971 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED066833 ERIC
1972 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED083677 ERIC
1973 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED088240 ERIC
1974 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED104018 ERIC
1975 https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED123755.pdf ERIC
1976 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=osu.32435024101438 Hathi Trust
1977–78 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=osu.32435060900354 Hathi Trust
1979 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED172458 ERIC
1980 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED202085 ERIC
1981 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED225306 ERIC
1982 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED225272 ERIC
1983–84 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED244402 ERIC
1985–86 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED270903 ERIC
1987 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED282359 ERIC
1988 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uiug.30112006808106 Hathi Trust
1989 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED312792 ERIC


The Condition of Education

The Condition of Education is a congressionally mandated report that is provided to Congress each year. It features 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. In addition, The Condition has Spotlight indicators that provide more in-depth analyses on selected topics.

To view The Condition of Education reports from 1992 to the present, please visit this site.

The Condition of Education (1975–1991)
Year Link Source
1975 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED103991 ERIC
1976 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED120910 ERIC
1977 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED136442 ERIC
1978 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED155811 ERIC
1979 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED172446 ERIC
1980 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED188304 ERIC
1981 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED207186 ERIC
1982 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED218807 ERIC
1983 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015020683945 Hathi Trust
1984 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015052604256 Hathi Trust
1985 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015017690606 Hathi Trust
1986 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015018626427 Hathi Trust
1987 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015014328002 Hathi Trust
1988 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015075074081 Hathi Trust
1989 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015019989378 Hathi Trust
1990 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015022191269 Hathi Trust
1991 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015040759527 Hathi Trust


The Annual Report of the Commissioner of Education

From 1867 through 1917, the statistics collected by the Office of Education appeared in the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Education. These large, hardbound volumes contained not only results from statistical surveys compiled through administrative record collections, but also text reports from the states and current education research essays.

Annual Report of the Commissioner of Education (1867–68 to 1916)
Year Link Source
1867–68 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.319510008651278 Hathi Trust
1869 No report released. †
1870 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_6 National Library of Education (NLE)
1871 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_7 NLE
1872 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_8 NLE
1873 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_9 NLE
1874 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_10 NLE
1875 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_11 NLE
1876 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_12 NLE
1877 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_13 NLE
1878 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_14 NLE
1879 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_15 NLE
1880 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_16 NLE
1881 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879435 Hathi Trust
1882–83 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879443 Hathi Trust
1883–84 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879450 Hathi Trust
1884–85 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879468 Hathi Trust
1885–86 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337380 Hathi Trust
1886–87 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.l0053372116 Hathi Trust
1887–88 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.319510008650565 Hathi Trust
1888–89 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015008203195
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.319510008650581
Hathi Trust
1889–90 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337547
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015005316842
Hathi Trust
1890–91 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337554
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015015375242
Hathi Trust
1891–92 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337356
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337364
Hathi Trust
1892–93 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.319510008650654
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.319510008650662
Hathi Trust
1893–94 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337802
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337679
Hathi Trust
1894–95 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337687
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951000865070b
Hathi Trust
1895–96 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337810
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.319510008650735
Hathi Trust
1896–97 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337349
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.319510008650751
Hathi Trust
1897–98 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337281
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951d000234888
Hathi Trust
1898–99 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.l0053372314
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337778
Hathi Trust
1899–1900 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337406
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924067337562
Hathi Trust
1900–01 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951000865120m Hathi Trust
1902 https://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi00unit_19 NLE
1903–04 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879518
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879526
Hathi Trust
1905 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879534
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879542
Hathi Trust
1906 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.319510008650921
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951000865093z
Hathi Trust
1907 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879575
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879583
Hathi Trust
1908 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879591
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951000865098p
Hathi Trust
1909 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879625
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b3970236
Hathi Trust
1910 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879641
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879658
Hathi Trust
1911 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879666
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b3970240
Hathi Trust
1912 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879682
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=osu.32435057123713
Hathi Trust
1913 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b3970243
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=osu.32435057123762
Hathi Trust
1914 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879724
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b3970246
Hathi Trust
1915 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879740
Volume 2: Link currently not available.
Hathi Trust
1916 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879757
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924097879765
Hathi Trust

† Not applicable.


Biennial Survey of Education in the United States

The Biennial Survey of Education in the United States usually contained chapters on state school systems, city school systems, and institutions of higher education, as well as a summary chapter covering all levels of education. Additional chapters periodically covered such topics as offerings and enrollments in high school subjects, statistics of public secondary schools, special education for children with disabilities, private elementary and secondary school statistics, and library statistics.

Biennial Survey of Education in the United States (1916–18 to 1957–58)
Year Link Source
1916–18 https://archive.org/details/biennialsurveyof00bure National Library of Education (NLE)
1918–20 https://archive.org/details/biennialsurveyof00bure_0 NLE
1920–22 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED540711 ERIC
1922–24 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED542007 ERIC
1924–26 https://archive.org/details/biennialsurveyof00bure_1 NLE
1926–28 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nnc1.cu09129189 Hathi Trust
1928–30 Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924061145003
Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924061145011
Hathi Trust
1930–32 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uiug.30112075451143 Hathi Trust
1932–34 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nnc1.cu09129227 Hathi Trust
1934–36 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED543683 ERIC
1936–38 https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED543891 ERIC
1938–40 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015005647683 Hathi Trust
1940–42 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015005647683 Hathi Trust
1942–44 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015049892030 Hathi Trust
1944–46 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015005647691 Hathi Trust
1946–48 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015008164314 Hathi Trust
1948–50 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015005651909 Hathi Trust
1950–52 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015005651891 Hathi Trust
1952–54 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015008164231 Hathi Trust
1954–56 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951d032536351 Hathi Trust
1956–58 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015005305951 Hathi Trust


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