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Meeting the Needs of Katrina Evacuees 

Hurricane Katrina left Gulf Coast schools about to begin a new school year in disarray.  Elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students and their teachers spread out across the nation to find new schools to attend.  The Department commends the many communities that welcomed displaced students and their families.  More

Elementary/Secondary and Postsecondary Education Benefit From Public Revenues

As the graph below shows, significant numbers of U.S. residents aged 3 through 34 are enrolled in our many public education institutions: prekindergarten, elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education.  More

Education Enrollment By Age Group From 1970–2002 This is a line graph of education enrollment, or the percentage of the population ages 3-34 enrolled in school, by age group from October 1970 to 2002.  The source for this graph is the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, The Condition of Education 2004. (See
Source. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, The Condition of Education 2004

Parental Information and Options

No Child Left Behind requires schools to provide parents with information about the performance of schools against grade-level standards and provides options to parents whose children attend underperforming schools.  Options include school choice, supplemental educational services (e.g. tutoring), and charter schools. More

Minority Students Increase Participation in Public Education  

As enrollment in schools and colleges increases, cohorts of students are more diverse:

  • The percentage of public school students who are racial/ethnic minorities increased from 22 percent in 1972 to 42 percent in 2003.
  • The number of children aged 5 through 17 who spoke a language other than English at home more than doubled between 1979 and 2003.
  • Twenty-nine percent of all students enrolled in degree-granting, postsecondary institutions in 2002 were racial/ethnic minorities.