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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

  • Average years of schooling of adults: Average years of schooling of adults is the years of formal schooling received, on average, by adults over age 15. (Data Source: Barro-Lee Data Set www.worldbank.org/html/prdmg/grthweb/ddbarle2.htm)
  • Children out of school, primary: Children out of school, primary. Out-of-school children of primary school age. Total is the total number of primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in either primary or secondary schools.
  • Children out of school, primary, female: Children out of school, primary, female. Out-of-school children of primary school age. Female is the total number of female primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in either primary or secondary schools.
  • Children out of school, primary, female per 1000: Children out of school, primary, female. Out-of-school children of primary school age. Female is the total number of female primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in either primary or secondary schools. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Compulsary education duration: Number of years students are required to be enrolled in school for all levels of education. For instance, compulsary education lasts for 12 years in the United States.
  • High school > Gender ratio: Ratio of female to male secondary enrollment is the percentage of girls to boys enrolled at secondary level in public and private schools.
  • 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 > 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.
  • 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 education, duration > Years: Primary education, duration (years). Duration of primary is the number of grades (years) in primary education.
  • Primary education, teachers per 1000: Primary education, teachers. Teaching staff in primary. Public and private. Full and part-time. All programmes. Total is the total number of teachers in public and private primary education institutions. Teachers are persons employed full time or part time in an official capacity to guide and direct the learning experience of pupils and students, irrespective of their qualifications or the delivery mechanism, i.e. face-to-face and/or at a distance. This definition excludes educational personnel who have no active teaching duties (e.g. headmasters, headmistresses or principals who do not teach) and persons who work occasionally or in a voluntary capacity in educational institutions. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Pupil-teacher ratio, primary: Pupil-teacher ratio, primary. Pupil-teacher ratio. Primary is the number of pupils enrolled in primary school divided by the number of primary school teachers.
  • Pupil-teacher ratio, secondary: Pupil-teacher ratio, secondary. Pupil-teacher ratio. Secondary is the number of pupils enrolled in secondary school divided by the number of secondary school teachers.
  • Secondary education, duration > Years: Secondary education, duration (years). Duration of secondary education is the number of grades (years) in secondary education (ISCED 2 & 3).
  • 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.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Average years of schooling of adults 12 2000 1st out of 100
Children out of school, primary 1.76 million 2011 3rd out of 116
Children out of school, primary, female 780,465 2011 3rd out of 102
Children out of school, primary, female per 1000 2.5 2011 48th out of 102
Compulsary education duration 12 2011 14th out of 188
High school > Gender ratio 99.5 2008 59th out of 116
Literacy > Female 99% 2003 17th out of 157
Literacy > Total population 99% 2003 20th out of 161
Preschool enrollment rate 98.77 2008 94th out of 135
Primary education, duration > Years 6 2012 53th out of 200
Primary education, teachers per 1000 5.49 2011 49th out of 134
Pupil-teacher ratio, primary 14.29 2011 98th out of 131
Pupil-teacher ratio, secondary 14.49 2011 56th out of 99
Secondary education, duration > Years 6 2012 102nd out of 197
Tertiary enrollment 72.6% 2000 1st out of 96

SOURCES: UNESCO; UNESCO Institute for Statistics; UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Source tables; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.

Citation

"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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