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The U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017 Condition of Education Report

Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

By June 1 every year, The National Center for Education Statistics submits the Condition of Education report to Congress. Comprised of educational indicators spanning the continuum from early childhood to postsecondary, this report details the current condition and progress of education in the United States. These indicators can be utilized to inform policy concerns such as graduation rates, student achievement disparities, and educational access. Spotlights from the newly released 2017 report include data on the following topics that directly align with Helios’ work:
Poverty and low parent educational attainment are associated with lower academic achievement in kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Children who live in poverty and do not have a parent who has completed high school are more likely to score lower in reading, science and math upon kindergarten entry compared to their peers who do not have these risk factors. In 2010-2011, six percent of children entering kindergarten possessed both risk factors.

Parent educational attainment is positively correlated with child enrollment in a preschool program.
In 2015, almost half (48%) of three to five-year-old children with a parent holding a graduate degree were enrolled in a preschool program. This compares to only 29 percent of children in this age group with a parent holding a high school credential or less:

In 2014, for the first time, White students made up less than one-half of national public school enrollment.
Down from 58 percent in 2004, the percentage of public school students who were White was 49.5% in the fall of 2014. The percentage of students who were Hispanic rose from 19 to 25 percent during this timeframe.


Public high school graduation rates reached an all-time high in 2014-2015.
In the 2014-2015 school year, national public high school graduation rates reached a record high of 83 percent. At the same time, attainment gaps continue to exist between White students and their Hispanic, Black, and American Indian/Alaskan Native peers:

In spring 2014, 70 percent of first-time postsecondary students who began at a 2 or 4-year postsecondary institution in 2011-12 were still enrolled or had completed a degree/certificate.
Persistence rates did, however, vary depending on institutional, academic, and student variables. For example, persistence rates were higher for students who began at a four-year institution compared to that of those who started at a two-year institution (80% and 57%, respectively). Furthermore, at four-year institutions, likelihood of persistence declined with student age. For example, the persistence rate of students 19 years of age or younger was 85 percent, compared to 57 percent among those 30 years of age or older.

Educational attainment rates among adults aged 25 to 29 has increased over the last 16 years.
From 2000 to 2016, the percentage of adults in this age group holding an associate’s degree or higher rose by 8 percent, and the percentage holding a bachelor’s degree or higher rose by 7 percent. Current national attainment rates by category are as follows:

To access the 2017 Condition of Education Report and view a comprehensive list of indicators, click here.

 

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