Did You Know?

“The national average current expenditure per student is projected at $10,792, up from $10,297 in actual expenditures in 2007-08.” – National Center for Education Statistics

“The percentage of high school dropouts among 16- through 24-year-olds declined from 11.8 percent in 1998 to 8.1 percent in 2009.” – U.S. Census Bureau

“The number of students enrolling in college following high school completion was 70.1 percent in 2009. The rate for females (73.8 percent) was higher than the rate for males (66.0 percent).” – Bureau of Labor Statistics

“The national graduation rate stands at 68.8 percent for the class of 2007, the most recent year for which data are available. That represents a slight drop, four-tenths of a percentage point, from the previous high school class; it also marks the second consecutive year of declines in the national graduation rate, following a decade of mostly solid improvement.” – Education Week, Diplomas Count 2010

“For the 2008-09 academic year, annual prices for undergraduate tuition, room, and board were estimated to be $12,283 at public institutions and $31,233 at private institutions.” – National Center for Education Statistics

“For the 2008-09 academic year, annual prices for undergraduate tuition, room, and board were estimated to be $12,283 at public institutions and $31,233 at private institutions.” – National Center for Education Statistics

“Nearly 49.4 million students will attend public elementary and secondary schools. Of these, 34.7 million will be in prekindergarten through 8th grade and 14.7 million will be in grades 9 through 12.” – National Center for Education Statistics

“The average tenure of current superintendents leading the nation's largest urban public school districts has increased to nearly four years, or 3.64 years, in 2010 from little more than two years, or 2.33 years, in 1999.” – Council of the Great City Schools

"In 2008, median earnings of workers with bachelor’s degrees were 65 percent higher than those of high school graduates ($55,700 vs. $33,800). Similarly, workers with associate’s degrees earned 73 percent more than those who had not completed high school ($42,000 vs. $24,300)."  Pathways to Prosperity, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"On average, teachers predict that 63 percent of their students will graduate high school ready for college without the need for remedial coursework, and that 51 percent of their students will graduate from college." – MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Preparing Students for College and Careers

"Students have high expectations for college, and these expectations have increased over the past two decades. In 1988, 57 percent of middle and high school students said it was very likely they would go to college. By 1997, this level had increased to 67 percent. Today, 75 percent say it is very likely they will go to college." – MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Preparing Students for College and Careers