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Education statistics of the United States
Littman, Mark S.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Washington DC. : Bernan Press, [1999]

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xii, 643 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm.
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Collates the latest and some historical education data on the 19 percent of the US population that is 5-17 years and subsequent education and income attainment from sources such as the Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics, including the print debut of some NCES computer fil

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Booklist Review

Compiled from U.S. Bureau of the Census school enrollment data as of October 1996; the March 1997 Current Population Survey; the National Center for Education Statistics' Digest of Education Statistics, 1997; and the Common Core of Data (CCD) computer file for 1995^-1996 collected by the National Center for Education Statistics. This new compendium provides a wide range of statistical information in four sections: "School Enrollment," "Educational Attainment," "Education Characteristics by State," and "State and County-Level Education Statistics." Each of the four sections contains a notes and definitions section describing the data sources. Within each section, tables display such information as preprimary school enrollment by family income and race; annual average secondary school teachers' salaries by state; and average eighth-grade science scores by county. The volume concludes with a general subject index, citing page numbers, not table numbers like the original government publications. This reference source is not as graphically pleasing as The Condition of Education: 1998, NCES-013 (National Center for Education Statistics), which includes multicolored tables. Although its larger type font makes it easier to read than the Digest of Education Statistics, the Digest is a better source, containing many important statistical tables omitted in Education Statistics, such as enrollment in historically black colleges and universities, public school libraries, and public opinion on education. A serious shortcoming of Education Statistics is the broad and general index subject headings, which omit, for example, specific table references for statistics on Asian-Americans and Hispanics. Although this work does contain some updated and aggregated statistical information not found in the other government-published sources, Education Statistics is significantly more expensive; and the selective nature of the data does not favorably compare with the Digest of Education Statistics. Recommended for education libraries needing comprehensive statistics. Otherwise, most libraries should find the Digest of Education Statistics sufficient.

Choice Review

For this addition to Bernan's "US Databook Series" (others cover labor, business, and housing), the editors give full credit to the US Census statisticians and to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for collecting much of the data. The work's greatest value lies in the editors' analysis of trends at the beginning of each of the four sections and in "Notes and Definitions" at the end of each section, which identifies sources for the statistics and explains how data were adjusted, derived, or massaged to develop tables. Part A, "1996 National School Enrollment Data," is drawn from Census Bureau and historical tables, 1947-96; part B, "National Level Data on Educational Attainment" from March 1997 Current Population Survey (CPS) with historical tables 1947-93; part C mainly from Digest of Education Statistics for 1997 (the 1998 edition is now available); and part D, "County Level Data" from NCES's Common Core of Data for 1995-96. Much of the data are available on the Web at the US Census Bureau site in PDF files and at the NCES site for many of the NCES statistics; CPS is also available on CD-ROM. This work pulls together much raw data from the above sources and includes Federal Information Processing (FIPS) and Beale codes for geographic data to make matching with other data sources easier. Useful for school, college, university, and public libraries. E. B. Nibley; American University

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. vi
Prefacep. x
Part A School Enrollmentp. 1
Enrollment Rates and Background or Family Characteristicsp. 3
Postsecondary Educationp. 49
Families with Elementary and Secondary Age Childrenp. 121
Historical Enrollment Characteristicsp. 129
Notes and Definitionsp. 172
Part B Educational Attainmentp. 181
Educational Attainment and Background or Family Characteristicsp. 183
Educational Attainment, Employment, and Incomep. 245
Educational Attainment by Regions, Divisions, States and Metropolitan Residencep. 291
Historical Educational Attainment Characteristicsp. 311
Notes and Definitionsp. 335
Part C Education Characteristics by Statep. 345
Educational Attainmentp. 348
School-Age Populationp. 351
Financesp. 353
Elementary and Secondary Enrollmentp. 357
Teachers and Staff in Elementary and Secondary Schoolsp. 371
Schools and School Districtsp. 385
High School Graduates and Dropoutsp. 393
Achievementp. 396
State Regulationsp. 407
Revenues and Expendituresp. 415
Postsecondary Enrollmentp. 435
Postsecondary Faculty and Staffp. 461
Postsecondary Institutions, Degrees Awarded and Student Chargesp. 465
Postsecondary Education Financesp. 471
Adult and Vocational Educationp. 481
Federal Programs Related to Educationp. 485
International Education Comparisonsp. 495
Notes and Definitionsp. 503
Part D State- and County-Level Education Statisticsp. 517
School and Student Characteristics by Statep. 520
School and Student Characteristics by Countyp. 522
Notes and Definitionsp. 622
Indexp. 631