The U.S. Department of Education Releases 2018 "Condition of Education" Report

Author: Michelle Boehm, Research & Evaluation Analyst

June 5, 2018

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 2018 report include data on the following topics that inform Helios’ work:

The 2016 poverty rate for children in Arizona and Florida exceeded that of the national average.

The percent of children in Arizona and Florida living in families in poverty in 2016 was 24% and 21%, respectively. This exceeded the national average of 19%. Children living in mother-only households were more likely to live in poverty compared to father-only or married-couple households.

Arizona and Florida both saw an increase in public elementary and secondary school enrollment from 2000 to 2015.

Arizona and Florida public schools are serving more students than ever before. Compared to a national growth rate of 7%, Arizona and Florida experienced an enrollment increase of 26% and 15%, respectively across this 15 year timeframe.

National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) scores in 4th and 8th grade reading and math increased in Arizona and Florida from 2009 to 2015.

While both states saw gains in both subject and grade areas across these six years, Arizona students still lagged behind their national peers in 2015 in all areas but 8th grade math. Florida students fell behind the nation in 8th grade math and reading.

Arizona and Florida public high school graduation rates reached an all-time high in 2015-2016.

Arizona and Florida experienced record high school graduation rates in 2015-2016. At the same time, both states fell below the national graduation rate of 84%. 

National retention rates were higher at 4-year institutions compared to 2-year institutions.

For first-time, full-time degree-seeking students enrolled at a 4-year postsecondary institution in 2015, the retention rate (i.e., students who returned to the same institution the following fall) was 81%. At 2-year institutions, the overall retention rate was 62%.

National educational attainment rates among adults aged 25 to 29 has increased over the last 17 years.

From 2000 to 2017, 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 2018 Condition of Education Report and view a comprehensive list of indicators, click here.


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