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Preprimary, Elementary, and Secondary Education - Introduction

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The indicators in this chapter of The Condition of Education describe aspects of preprimary, elementary, and secondary education in the United States. The indicators examine enrollment, school characteristics and climate; principals, teachers, and staff; school financial resources; student assessments; and other measures of students’ progress as they move through the education system, such as graduation rates. In addition, this chapter contains indicators on key demographic characteristics, such as poverty and access to the Internet.

This chapter gives particular attention to how various subgroups in the population proceed through school and attain different levels of education. The indicators on student achievement illustrate how students perform on assessments in reading, mathematics, and science. Other indicators describe aspects of the context of learning in elementary and secondary schools.