Many people have contributed in one way or another to the development of the Digest of Education Statistics 2006. Thomas D. Snyder was responsible for the overall development and preparation of this edition of the Digest, which was prepared under the general direction of Valena Plisko. William Sonnenberg provided statistical computing consultation.
Much of the work for this report was performed by staff of the Education Statistics Services Institute (ESSI), which is funded by NCES and composed of staff from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and a number of partner organizations. Numerous ESSI staff contributed to this work, which was performed under the management of AIR project leader Sally Dillow. Mary Ann Fox of AIR served as overall manager for ESSI annual reports work, which includes the Digest project, and provided statistical consultation and programming support. Also at AIR, Richa Arora played a key role in coordinating the updating and formatting of the Digest tables, with other key players in these tasks including Sanyu Kibuka, Charmaine Llagas, and Mary Jo Metzler. Kevin Bianco and Lauren Drake of MacroSys Research and Technology also worked on updating and formatting the tables. Charlene Hoffman, a consultant, did most of the work on chapter 4 as well as the tables on degrees conferred. At AIR, Tom Nachazel, Robin Gurley, and Martin Hahn provided proofreading and editorial support, while Rachel Dinkes, Beth Jacinto, and Jill Walston contributed programming support. Sze-Wei Tang of Quality Information Partners also supplied programming support. At MacroSys Research and Technology, Qingshu Xie provided programming support and Michael Stock desktopped the volume under the supervision of Kalle Culotta. Outside of ESSI, others who provided data for this edition of the Digest included Mary Bowler of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Alison Kennedy of UNESCO Institute for Statistics, and Lynn Newman of SRI International.
This year's edition of the Digest has received extensive reviews by many individuals within and outside the U.S. Department of Education. We wish to thank them for their time and expert advice. Marilyn Seastrom, Chief Statistician of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and Bruce Taylor, supervised the review of the publication. Duc-Le To of the Institute of Education Sciences reviewed the publication. NCES staff who reviewed portions of the manuscript were Julia Bloom, Stephen Broughman, Kathryn Chandler, Chris Chapman, Steve Gorman, Bernard Greene, Kerry Gruber, Lee Hoffman, Barbara Holton, Frank Johnson, Daniel McGrath, Frank Morgan, Jeffrey Owings, Peggy Quinn, Quansheng Shen, Cathy Statham, Bruce Taylor, and John Wirt. Stacey Bielick, Frank Avenilla, and Greg Kienzl of AIR also reviewed the manuscript, as did Sarah Grady of MacroSys Research and Technology. The ESSI technical review team included staff of AIR (Kevin Bromer, Dan McGrath, Stephen Mistler, Alison Slade, Robert Stillwell, Aparna Sundaram, Jed Tank, and Zeyu Xu); Child Trends (Akemi Kinukawa and Siri Warkentien); MacroSys Research and Technology (Matt Adams and Stephen Hocker); the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (Xiaolei Wang); and Quality Information Partners (Alexandra Henning).