Nearly two-thirds of American 3- to 5-year-olds were enrolled in preschool in 2012, and 60 percent of them were in full-day programs, according to an annual report that tracks developments and trends in the U.S. education system.
The 2014 “Condition of Education” report is produced by the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. Department of Education’s primary statistical arm.
The report also found that:
• As of 2013, about 90 percent of young adults ages 25 to 29 held high school or equivalent diplomas, and 34 percent had at least a bachelor’s degree. Degree holders in this age group earned more than twice as much as high school dropouts.
• Fifty million students were enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in 2011—over 2 million of them in charters.
• In 2012, 1 in 5 school-age children lived in poverty, up from 1 in 7 in 2000.
A version of this article appeared in the June 04, 2014 edition of Education Week as Schooling Trends