IES Releases Condition of Education 2013 Report

The Institute of Education Sciences and the National Center for Education Statistics have released the 2013 edition of its Condition of Education report this week. The 42-page report, presented by the Commissioner Jack Buckley, is considered a progress update on the state of education in America and includes findings on demographics of American schools and how academic progress plays a role in eventual economic outcomes for American students.

America continues on pace to improve the rate of college graduation among its students. In 2012, 90% of adults between the ages of 25 and 29 had a high school diploma and a third of them had a college degree or better. Once again, college graduates enjoyed an economic benefit in the form of higher annual median earnings. The widest earnings gap was between 25-34-year-olds with a college degree who outearned their high school drop-out peers by 100%.

The report shows that in 2011, 66% of kids between the ages of 3 and 5 were enrolled in a preschool program, with 60% attending a full-day program. Fifty million American children were enrolled in a school at the primary or secondary level. Charter schools continued to make inroads over the previous year now educating a total of 2 million US students.

The total post-secondary enrollment in the country reached 21 million in 2011, with 18 million enrolled in an undergraduate institution or program, and 3 million working on their graduate degree.

 At the elementary and secondary level, about 1 in 5 public schools was considered high poverty in 2011, meaning that 75 percent or more of their enrollment qualified for free or reduced-price lunch, a number that was closer to 1 in 8 in 2000. In 2009–10, some 3.1 million public high school students, or 78.2 percent, graduated on time with a regular diploma.

- In postsecondary education, about 56 percent of male students and 61 percent of female students who began their bachelor degree in the fall of 2005, and did not transfer, had completed their degree by 2011. In that year, 1.7 million bachelor’s degrees and over 700,000 master’s degrees were awarded.

According to the Education Week blog, the 2013 edition marks a change for the Condition in Education report. Buckley explained that the website that hosts the report has been redone over the course of the year to make the information easier to access over the internet. For those who can’t stand to sit in front of the computer, the report will be also made available on dedicated Android, iPad and iPhone apps. As a result, Buckley expects to field fewer requests for the hard copy of the report this year.

The report itself, which has historically been a digest of all manner of education data released in a given year, has been pared down to 42 indicators that will be gauged annually, in the areas of population characteristics, participation in education, elementary and secondary education, and postsecondary education.