U.S Government Document of the Week: The Condition of Education

Federal Depository Document LogoThe National Center for Education Statistics has released the 2013 edition of The Condition of Education report. This annual report, mandated by Congress, is designed to provide a picture of education’s progress in the United States. The report presents 42 development and progress indicators such as population traits, educational participation, and data on elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education. The statistics in the report are updated yearly or every other year.

In the report’s website, you can find the following:

  • Spotlights: These are focused, special analysis reports compiled from the Condition of Education document. Each year, the agency compiles one or more of these special reports. On the site, you can view Spotlights from 2005 to 2013. Previous issues from 2004 to 2000 can be viewed as PDFs from the NCES publications catalog (link to publications page, annual reports here).
  • Access to reference tables, so you can see some of the actual statistics.
  • Reference materials to help with interpreting and better understanding the reports, such as a glossary and a reader’s guide.
  • Direct links to the indicators of the report.
  • In addition, you can download the full Condition of Education document as a PDF. The site also offers a link to view the mobile-friendly site, and a link to videos with materials from the report that the agency has placed on YouTube.

Overall, you get a lot of information about education in the United States, and you get some good tools to help you interpret and use that information. This site is for policy makers and the public, but researchers and students will find the resource to be useful as well. Students writing papers on topics related to education in the United States would do well to look over this resource.

By the way, The Condition of Education is one of many reports and resources provided by the National Center of Education Statistics. Policy makers, researchers, and students working in education need to be aware of the NCES and its resources. Maybe down the road, we’ll do a post highlighting other parts of the NCES.

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