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This volume is an extension of earlier efforts by the National Center for Education Statistics to present and explain some patterns and relationships in education data. The report includes 34 educational indicators, which were selected in order to take advantage of state-level data available and national data sources and to present a fairly comprehensive view of the most relevant aspects of the condition of education in the United States. The indicators are grouped into seven categories: (1) background indicators; (2) access, participation, and progress; (3) achievement, attainment, and curriculum; (4) economic and other outcomes of education; (5) size, growth, and output of educational institutions; (6) climate, classrooms, and diversity in educational institutions; and (7) human and financial resources of educational institutions. The presentation of each indicator explains what it measures, why it is important, and the key results from a comparison of states. With each indicator are tables and graphs to aid in interpretation, and data sources are listed at the bottom of each table and graph. Appendixes include supplemental and technical information on how various measures in the indicators were calculated. Data from the District of Columbia were found to be highly volatile and different in character from data from the states. District of Columbia data are included in the tables, but not in the figures, so as not to invite comparison. (Contains 34 tables and 34 figures.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Curriculum, Economic Factors, Educational Attainment, Educational Environment, Educational Finance, Educational Indicators, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Outcomes of Education, Resource Allocation, School Districts, School Size, Tables (Data)

Autor: Phelps, Richard P.; Cullen, Andrew; Easton, Jack C.; Best, Clayton M.; Geddes, Claire


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