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May 2008

From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

The Nation's Report Card: Writing 2007

This report, released April 3, presents the results of the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) writing assessment. It was administered to a nationally representative sample of more than 165,000 eighth- and twelfth-graders from public and private schools. In addition to national results, the report includes state and urban district results for grade 8 public school students. Forty-five states, the Department of Defense schools, and 10 urban districts voluntarily participated. view report

Digest of Education Statistics, 2007

The 43rd in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest's primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. This year's Digest, released on March 25, contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons. view report

Trends in Undergraduate Borrowing II: Federal Student Loans in 1995-96, 1999-2000, and 2003-04

This report, released on March 18, uses data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Studies (NPSAS:96, NPSAS:2000 and NPSAS:04) to examine trends in Stafford loan borrowing among undergraduates. Since 1995-96, borrowing of subsidized Stafford loans increased among low-income dependent undergraduates and among independent students at all income levels. The rate of borrowing any Stafford loan (subsidized or unsubsidized) increased among all but those in the lowest income category for both dependent and independent undergraduates alike. view report

Ten Years After College: Comparing the Employment Experiences of 1992-93 Bachelor's Degree Recipients with Academic and Career-Oriented Majors

This report, released on March 4, uses longitudinal data from the 1992-93 Baccalaureate and Beyond Study, which represents about 1.2 million bachelor's degree recipients that year. The report examines college graduates' work experiences in 1994, 1997, and 2003, describing their labor force status, employment stability, occupations and industries, salaries and benefits, and perceptions about their jobs. It compares the experiences of graduates with academic and career-oriented undergraduate majors. About half of all the graduates (51 percent) were employed and not enrolled at all three follow-ups, but the other half moved into and out of the workforce, often to pursue further education. view report

Recent Participation in Formal Learning Among Working-Age Adults with Different Levels of Education

This report, released on January 29, uses data from the 2001 and 2005 adult education surveys of the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) to examine the participation of adults in formal learning activities during the 12 months preceding the survey, focusing on the participation of adults who at the end of the survey had the lowest levels of education (no high school diploma, or a GED). view report

Mathematics Coursetaking and Achievement at the End of High School: Evidence from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002)

This report, released on January 8, documents and examines the relationship between the number and types of math courses taken in the 11th grade and 12th grade and growth in mathematics proficiency over the same time period.
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Projections of Education Statistics to 2016

This publication, released on December 18, 2007, provides projections for key education statistics. It includes statistics on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools, and enrollment, earned degrees conferred, and current-fund expenditures of degree-granting institutions. For the nation, the tables, figures, and text contain data on enrollment, teachers, graduates, and expenditures for the past 14 years and projections to the year 2016. In addition, the report includes a methodology section describing models and assumptions used to develop national- and state-level projections. view report

2004/06 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/06) Methodology Report

This report, released on December 11, 2007, describes and evaluates the methods and procedures used in the 2004/06 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/06), the first follow-up of the cohort of first-time beginning students who were identified as part of the 2003–04 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:04). BPS:04/06 is the first of two scheduled follow-up studies that will follow these students through college and into the workforce. The second, and final, follow-up is scheduled to take place in 2009. The BPS study includes both traditional and nontraditional students, follows their paths through postsecondary education over the course of six years, and is not limited to enrollment at a single institution. view report