Education Report Roundup

U.S. Teenagers Post Academic Improvements Over Past Three Decades

By Debra Viadero — August 02, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

“Youth Indicators 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth,” is posted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

American teenagers and young adults have made substantial academic improvements over the last three decades, nearly doubling their college-completion rates and improving scores on national mathematics exams, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Education.

The report, produced by the department’s National Center for Education Statistics, notes that the proportion of 25- to 29-year-olds completing college increased from 16 percent in 1970 to 29 percent in 2004. It also says scores on National Assessment of Educational Progress tests in mathematics rose for 13- and 17-year-olds of all races between 1973 and 2004.

But academic gaps between white students and their lower-achieving black and Hispanic peers, while smaller than they used to be, remain large. Among 25- to 29-year-olds in 2004, for example, 11 percent of Hispanics and 17 percent of blacks had earned a bachelor’s degree, compared with 34 percent of whites.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Law & Courts Webinar
Future of the First Amendment:Exploring Trends in High School Students’ Views of Free Speech
Learn how educators are navigating student free speech issues and addressing controversial topics like gender and race in the classroom.
Content provided by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Start Strong With Solid SEL Implementation: Success Strategies for the New School Year
Join Satchel Pulse to learn why implementing a solid SEL program at the beginning of the year will deliver maximum impact to your students.
Content provided by Satchel Pulse
Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: June 8, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 1, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 11, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: April 27, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read