Three Cheers for the NCES

Coming off of last week’s post about high school graduation rates, I’ve got a more detailed (with graphs and everything) post up at This Week In Education. The basic idea, again, is that over the last 40 years we’ve not only seen graduation rates increase substantially, we’re also seeing significantly higher achievement (at least according to NAEP data). As is often the case in American education, these gains are somewhat masked by the fact that over the same time period American demographics have changed quite a bit, so overall averages can be misleading.

If you want more good edu-news, I strongly recommend the website of the National Center for Education Statistics, which regularly puts out easy-to-use reports about educational trends. (That’s where I got a lot of the information for the aforementioned posts.) Just in this past May alone they released:

Good stuff.

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