What is the cost of attending college in the United States?
Please see Table 312 in the . For additional information, see other National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) products about the cost of higher education
Do you have figures on higher education degrees conferred by field of study?
Yes, please see Table 253 in the .
Do you have figures on higher education degrees conferred by race and sex?
Yes, please see Degrees and Other Awards Conferred by Degree-Granting Institutions: 1995-96. For additional information, see other National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) products about higher education degrees conferred.
What are the dropout rates in the United States?
See Table A23 in the Dropout Rates in the United States: 1997. This publication, published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), presents data on high school dropout and persistence rates. The report is based on the best and most current national data available at this time.
For additional information, see other NCES products about school dropout rates in the United States.
What are the enrollment trends in higher education?
Enrollment in Higher Education: Fall 1995 presents detailed tabulations for fall 1995 - and historical comparisons with previous years on selected variables - for students enrolled in postsecondary institutions in the United States. For additional information, see other National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) products concerning .enrollment in higher education institutions
What are the enrollment trends in the public schools, and how much is spent per pupil?
For enrollment trends, see Table 3 in the . For expenditures per pupil, see Table 169 in the Digest.
What is the E-Rate?
How much money is spent on elementary, secondary, and higher education?
See Table 32 in the . For additional information, see the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) products about expenditures for elementary, secondary, and higher education.
What is the per-pupil cost of education at the elementary, secondary, and higher education levels?
See Table 169 in the .
Does the U.S. Department of Education have information about family involvement in education?
Yes, a good starting point is the home page of the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education. This site's purpose is to "promote children's learning through the development of family-school-community Partnerships."
How many federal dollars are allocated to education?
See Table 359 in the the . For additional information, see the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) products about federal support for education .
Where can I find information about student financial aid?
See the Student Guide to Financial Aid, which is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. For more details, see the Access America for Students (AAFS) Web site--a collaborative effort of government, education, student, and business leaders to improve customer access to information and funding for education beyond high school.
Where can parents find information about helping children learn?
Helping Your Child is a series of books on different education topics intended to help parents make the most of a child's natural curiosity. Teaching and learning are not mysteries that can only happen in school. They also happen when parents and children do simple things together.
Are there materials available to help students with homework?
Yes, here are some publications that contain some helpful tips:
How much do other countries spend on education in comparison to the United States?
See Table 412 in the .
How does the United States compare with other countries on the international tests of mathematics and science?
See the Highlights from TIMMS (Third International Mathematics and Science Study).This twelve-page brochure provides a summary of the main findings of TIMSS at fourth grade, eighth grade, and the final year of secondary school.
Another good resource is: Pursuing Excellence: A Study of US Twelfth-Grade Mathematics and Science Achievement in International Context. This report allows us to see how US students fare relative to their international counterparts in a test of general mathematics and science knowledge at the end of secondary schooling.
For additional information, see other National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) products about international comparisons in the fields of mathematics and science.
Is there a guide to the Internet for parents?
Yes, the Parents Guide to the Internet gives parents an introduction to the Internet and is intended," notes Secretary Riley, "to help parents -- regardless of their level of technological know-how -- make use of the on-line world as an important educational tool."
Another helpful publication is: Getting Online: A Friendly Guide for Students, Teachers, and Parents. This brochure offers hints to help make the exploration of the online world easy and successful.
What levels of education have been attained by people in the United States?
See Table 8 in the .
What are the literacy rates in the United States?
Adult Literacy in America: A First Look at the Findings of the National Adult Literacy Survey provides the most detailed portrait that has ever been available on the condition of literacy in this nation -- and on the unrealized potential of its citizens. For additional information, see other National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) products on adult literacy.
How does the United States rank in the areas of math and reading?
For mathematics, see the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics assessment, which measured the mathematics knowledge and skills of students in grades 4, 8, and 12 in 1996, was administered to about 57,000 students in the nation and more than 239,000 students in individual states. The next national math assessment will be conducted in the year 2000.
For reading, see the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment. In 1998, NAEP administered the latest reading assessment to 31,000 students at grades 4, 8, and 12 in the nation and 360,000 students in individual states at grades 4 and 8. The assessment measured students' reading comprehension. The next NAEP reading assessment will be given in 2000.
Are there resources on a variety of education topics designed for parents' use?
Yes, the ERIC Parent Brochures offer concise, research-based answers to parents' concerns about their children's education.
How many schools and colleges are there in the United States?
See Table 5 in the .
How does a person become certified to teach?
Since certification programs and requirements vary from state to state, you should go to the Education Resource Organizations Directory. Scroll down to view the map of the United States and select the state that interests you. Then, select the link to the State Department of Education, which should provide a link to the specific requirements for teacher certification in that particular state.
Where can I find information about teachers' salaries?
See Tables 77 - 79 in the .
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