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Title: Digest of Education Statistics, 2005
Description: The 41st in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digestís primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American 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. Some examples of highlights from the report include the following items. Enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools rose 22 percent between 1985 and 2005. The fastest public school growth occurred in the elementary grades (prekindergarten through grade 8), where enrollment rose 24 percent over this period, from 27.0 million to 33.5 million. Public secondary school enrollment declined 8 percent from 1985 to 1990, but then rose 31 percent from 1990 to 2005, for a net increase of 20 percent. The number of public school teachers has risen faster than the number of students over the past 10 years, resulting in declines in the pupil/teacher ratio. Between 1994 and 2004, the number of full-time college students increased by 30 percent compared to an 8 percent increase in part-time students. During the same time period, the number of men enrolled rose 16 percent, while the number of women enrolled increased by 25 percent.
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Cover Date: July 2006
Web Release: August 10, 2006
Print Release:
Publication #: NCES 2006030
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Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Compendium
Survey/Program Areas: Annual Reports and Information Staff (Annual Reports)
Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B)
Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS)
Common Core of Data (CCD)
Current Population Survey, October (CPS)
Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS)
High School Transcript Studies (HST)
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF)
Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Compendium, please contact:
Kristi Donaldson.