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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 StatsOver 50 million students are heading off to approximately 98,200 public elementary and secondary schools for the fall 2017 term, and before the school year is out, an estimated $624 billion will be spent related to their education. These are just a few of the statistics contained in Back to School Stats, which offers data about American elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools, students, and the educational process. (more info)

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How many students with disabilities receive services?
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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)