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United States Education Stats

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In the US, all children have access to public education until they complete high school. Children in the US begin their schooling around the age of 5 or 6, and may withdraw at 15. Preschool education and childcare exists in every city within the US, but parents do not receive financial aid unless they qualify. In the US, childcare is not guaranteed to parents.

All US students have the option of attending private schools, but public funding for those schools isn’t provided. There are, however, special charter schools that do offer an alternative and do belong to the public school system. Upon graduating high school, many US students go on to pursue advanced degrees at community, state, or private colleges. Colleges in the US are not free, unless the student receives a special scholarship or loan. However, state and community colleges are low-cost options, and state colleges are publicly funded.

Definitions

  • Class size > Age 13: The average number of 13-year-old students per class.
  • Educational attainment > Tertiary: Percentage of adult population (aged 25-64) educated till tertiary level (year 2000).
  • Enrolment ratio > Secondary level: Net enrolment ratio, secondary level, is the ratio of the number of children of official secondary school age enrolled in school to the number of children of official secondary school age in the population.
  • Literacy > Definition: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Female: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Male: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Total population: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Mathematical literacy: Mathematical literacy mean value of performance scale 15 years old 2000
  • Preschool enrollment rate: Gross enrollment ratio is the ratio of total enrollment, regardless of age, to the population of the age group that officially corresponds to the level of education shown. Primary education provides children with basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills along with an elementary understanding of such subjects as history, geography, natural science, social science, art, and music."
  • Primary teacher salary > Starting: Annual statutory teachers' salaries in public institutions in primary education, in equivalent US dollars converted using PPPs. Data for 1999.
  • Reading literacy: Reading literacy mean value of performance scale (15 years old, 2000)
  • School life expectancy > Total: School life expectancy and transition from primary to secondary for school years 1998/99 and 1999/00, published in http://www.uis.unesco.org accessed on Sept. 2002 and Women's Indicators and Statistics Database (Wistat), Version 4, CD-ROM (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.00.XVII.4) based on data provided by UNESCO in 1999.
  • Scientific literacy: Scientific literacy mean value of performance scale 15 years old (2000)
  • Tertiary enrollment: Gross enrolment ratio, tertiary level is the sum of all tertiary level students enrolled at the start of the school year, expressed as a percentage of the mid-year population in the 5 year age group after the official secondary school leaving age.
  • Universities > Top 100: Number of universities in the top 100
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Class size > Age 13 18.3 students 2002 15th out of 29
Educational attainment > Tertiary 37% 2000 2nd out of 18
Enrolment ratio > Secondary level 88.1% 2000 17th out of 93
Literacy > Definition age 15 and over can read and write 2003
Literacy > Female 99% 2003 17th out of 157
Literacy > Male 99% 2003 28th out of 157
Literacy > Total population 99% 2003 20th out of 161
Mathematical literacy 493 2000 18th out of 27
Preschool enrollment rate 98.77 2008 94th out of 135
Primary teacher salary > Starting $25,707 1999 5th out of 22
Reading literacy 504 2000 15th out of 27
School life expectancy > Total 15.2 years 2002 14th out of 110
Scientific literacy 499 2000 14th out of 27
Tertiary enrollment 72.6% 2000 1st out of 96
Universities > Top 100 31 2005 1st out of 22

SOURCES: "Efficiency and Equity in Schools around the World" by Eric A. Hanushek and Javier A. Luque, April 2002; OECD Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2003; UNESCO; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; OECD; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.; UNESCO Institute of Statistics; UNESCO Institute for Statistics; The Times, 2005

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"United States Education Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/United-States/Education

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In the US, all children have access to public education until they complete high school. Children in the US begin their schooling around the age of 5 or 6, and may withdraw at 15. Preschool education and childcare exists in every city within the US, but parents do not receive financial aid unless they qualify. In the US, childcare is not guaranteed to parents.

All US students have the option of attending private schools, but public funding for those schools isn’t provided. There are, however, special charter schools that do offer an alternative and do belong to the public school system. Upon graduating high school, many US students go on to pursue advanced degrees at community, state, or private colleges. Colleges in the US are not free, unless the student receives a special scholarship or loan. However, state and community colleges are low-cost options, and state colleges are publicly funded.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014

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