Tag Archives: Digest of Education Statistics

Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

College graduation

While this blog is mostly about K-12 education, some of the rhetoric you hear nowadays tends toward the idea that the goal of K-12 is “college readiness.” Regardless of whether you’re in agreement with “college readiness” as an over-riding goal, … Continue reading

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  1. Nordy says:

    What do you think of the following: High schools should not only report how many of their students they send off to college; they should also report how many complete their degree.

    Would that really tell you anything about the education provided by the high school? My sense (would like to have hard data to back up), is that most college dropouts are due to external, non-academic factors. I don’t know that a high school should be held responsible if a former student is unable to pay bills, or develops a drinking problem.

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Large districts

Here’s a factoid that I hadn’t known. Public school students are quite a bit more likely to attend school in a large school district than was true in the past. I’ve made a little chart showing the percentage of students … Continue reading

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Why do private schools need so many new teachers?

Roughly 12 percent of teachers work in private schools. But more than twice that fraction of new teachers, 28 percent, work in private schools. (Numbers are from the Digest of Education Statistics. They’re probably not perfect, but I suspect they’re close.) Why … Continue reading

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  1. “12% of teachers work in private schools…more than 2x that fraction of new teachers, 28%, work in private schools” http://t.co/eiLDYIpMev

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The demand for new teachers

The number of new teachers hired peaked just before the Great Recession. Hiring has since plummeted 25 percent. Government projections don’t suggest a huge rebound, and my guess is that the government numbers may be a smidgen high because government … Continue reading

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Good enough for government work?

Over at Flypaper, Michael Petrilli makes a great point. Birth rates fell precipitously during the Great Recession, as birth rates usually do during hard economic times. In fact, from their 2007 peak births fell by 9 percent. Mike points out that if … Continue reading

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Teacher salaries

It’s Friday, so it must be time to point out yet another measure of what’s happened to teacher salaries. I’ve grabbed and graphed some data from the Digest of Education Statistics. The line shows the average salary of a classroom teacher … Continue reading

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Selma

Thank you, Dr. King

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Teacher turnover factoids

I offer two factoids from the Digest of Education Statistics (Table 210.30, for those interested). Among teachers with a year’s experience or less, one quarter will be gone from the school where they were hired the following year. (That’s for teachers … Continue reading

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Math illiteracy, here and there

I’ve made a little bar chart of math literacy levels for 15 year-olds. 6 is higher than 1, so we’d like to see big bars on the right side of the graph. Compare first the U.S. (red) to the other … Continue reading

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Engineers

If I may depart from K-12 briefly, here’s a graph comparing the fraction of college degrees given in engineering in the U.S. versus other industrialized economies. The U.S. produces a lower fraction of bachelor’s degrees in engineering than any other … Continue reading

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