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The U.S. Department of Education Releases 2019 Condition of Education Report

Author: Helios Education Foundation

June 17, 2019

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 2019 report include data on the following topics that inform Helios’ work:

Childhood poverty rates in both Arizona and Florida exceeded the national average in 2017.

While 18% of children nationally lived in poverty, the childhood poverty rate in Arizona and Florida in 2017 was 20%, respectively. Overall, children residing in mother-only households were much more likely to experience poverty compared to married-couple and father-only households.

Parent education was positively associated with child enrollment in pre-primary (preschool or kindergarten) programs.

Nationally, almost half of children whose parents’ held a bachelor’s degree or higher attended a pre-primary program. Among children whose parents lacked a high school credential, the rate of enrollment was substantially lower (26%).

Compared to the nation as a whole, Arizona and Florida experienced significant growth in public school enrollment from 2000 to 2016.

In the United States, the percentage change in public elementary and secondary school enrollment across this sixteen year timeframe was +7%. Arizona and Florida experienced some of the greatest gains in the nation at +28% and +16%, respectively. 

Students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds were much more likely to be enrolled in a postsecondary institution compared to students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

The High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 collects data on a national representative sample of 9th grade students in 2009, tracking their outcomes as they progress through secondary and postsecondary school and the workforce. Among this cohort of students, 78% from high-income families were enrolled in a postsecondary institution seven years later. Only 28% of their low-income peers were enrolled at that time, demonstrating significant disparities in college-going by family income. 

National educational attainment rates among adults aged 25 to 29 has increased over the last 18 years.

From 2000 to 2018, the percentage of adults in this age group holding an associate’s degree or higher rose by 9 percent, and the percentage holding a bachelor’s degree or higher rose by 8 percent. Current national attainment rates by category are as follows:

To access the 2019 Condition of Education Report and view a comprehensive list of indicators, click here.

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