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The 2016 National Household Education Survey

General information about the National Household Education Survey (NHES)

What is NHES?

The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) provides descriptive data on the educational activities of the U.S. population and offers researchers, educators, and policymakers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States.

NHES covers learning at all ages, from early childhood to school age through adulthood. More information about NHES, including publications and data products, is available at

What types of questions will be asked?

First, all households are asked to answer some initial questions in order to help us understand their household characteristics. Depending on the characteristics of the household, some will receive additional questions asking about more specific experiences with young children's care and education, students' and families' experiences with schools or homeschooling, or adults' education and training.

What is the purpose of NHES? How will my responses be used?

The Department of Education wants to understand the condition of education in the United States. This survey is the only way that the Department of Education can learn about schooling from your perspective. Your responses will be combined with those from other households to inform educators, policymakers, schools and universities about changes in the condition of education in the United States. Reports from past studies can be found at