Parents’ Education Levels

September 27, 2000 1 min read

Parental education and income levels are highly correlated with children’s achievement—a pattern that schools have long tried to break. Currently, the education level of parents varies greatly by race or ethnicity and country of origin. In many cases, immigrant parents are more educated than native-born Americans.

NOTE: Education level refers to that of the better-educated parent. Percentages may not add to 100 because of rounding.

SOURCE: Figures reproduced from the College Board report “Projected Social Context for Education of Children 1990-2015,” from (Requires Adobe’s Acrobat Reader.) Used with permission.