According to Lauren Kent, “As of 2013, America’s high school dropout rate had reached a record low: Just 7% of 18- to 24-year-olds that year had dropped out of high school, down from 12% in 2000.”
Education is something everyone thinks about; whether it’s a decision on what college to attend or what schools are best for our young children. The data sets involved with the education space are numerous. From the U.S. Department of Education to private organizations, information is kept on a broad range of education statistics. Data is important for educators, the board, the community and parents. It can help with knowing where there is a teacher shortage or what schools are in need of new computers. By looking at the various sets of data, we discovered just how much data is a part of education.
Educational Data Sets: What We’ve Learned
National Center for Education Statistics, My Brother’s Keeper Key Statistics
The educational and youth organization, My Brother’s Keeper, tracks data on young men of color that ranges from their education level to those living in violent crime areas. The organization’s goal is to increase educational and career opportunities for these young men. One education data set tracks the number of students with math and reading disabilities. The database is frequently updated to help the organization see which demographics are in the greatest need as well as monitor their progress towards goals.
Office of Federal Student Aid, Student Loan Data
A good majority of college students take out a student loan to complete their secondary education. The Office of Federal Student Aid has a database to show how many people apply and receive student loans, as well as the amount they are rewarded. Between 2014-2015, approximately 20,561,929 million students applied for federal aid. As tuition prices continue to rise, more students are finding it necessary to apply. This type of data helps colleges and funding programs understand the needs of students. As many of have taken a student loan, the data is rather telling.
Food and Nutrition Service, National School Lunch Assistance Program
In 1969, nearly 2.9 million students participated in the free lunch program and 2015 that number was up to 19.8 million students. As America has gone through several economic challenges and many families still fall into poverty, parents sign up for the program so their children can get a school lunch. The program keeps track of the number of participants and the number of lunches served. Many students rely on these meals and the data reveals how many children are living at or below the poverty level.
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National Center for Education Statistics, Postsecondary Education Data
Using this database, we found that MIT has a graduation rate of 82% graduation rate for students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree. The National Center for Education Statistics database records the retention and graduation rate of each college in America along with other valuable information like enrollment. The data is useful for students researching future college options and for schools to see where the can improve their enrollment and graduation rates.
Office of Postsecondary Education, Campus Safety Data
Campus safety is a priority for both students and university staff. With more incidents of campus violence being reported, it is vital for the data to be recorded in this area. They take a yearly survey and compile lists of incidences from colleges around the country. The database allows anyone to choose a school and sees the crime rates. For example, in 2014, Harvard had sixteen burglaries in on-campus housing.
We hope these data sets are as educational to you as they were to us.