Released on May 26 by the National Center for Education Statistics, Condition of Education 2011 presents fifty different indicators of important developments and trends in U.S. education. The indicators focus on participation and persistence in education, student performance and other measures of achievement, the environment for learning, and resources for education. The report also includes a special section on changes in postsecondary education in the United States by institution level and control.
According to the report, public elementary and secondary enrollment in U.S. schools is expected to increase from 49.3 million to 52.7 million students, while undergraduate enrollment is expected to increase from 17.6 million students in 2009 to 19.6 million in 2020.
The report also notes that progress on national assessments in reading and math have been made among fourth- and eighth-grade students since the early 1990s, although “significant” gaps remain between white students and students of color.
With regard to college remediation, the report finds that about 36 percent of first-year undergraduate students reported taking a remedial course, while about 42 percent of students at public, two-year institutions reported taking a remedial course. The report also notes that about 54 percent of male and 60 percent of female first-time students who sought a bachelor’s degree and enrolled at a four-year institution full time in fall 2002 completed a bachelor’s degree at that institution within six years.
Young adults ages twenty-five to thirty-four who held bachelor’s degrees earned more than twice as much as young adults without a high school diploma or its equivalent, according to the report. College degree recipients also made 50 percent more than young adult high school graduates. The report also notes that young adults ages twenty-five to thirty-four with at least a bachelor’s degree had a full-time employment rate (74 percent) that was over 30 percentage points higher than that of their peers who had not completed high school (41 percent).
The complete report is available at http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2011/2011033.pdf .