Homeschooling in the United States: Statistics in Brief
National Center for Education Statistics, November 2016, 52 pp.
This Statistics in Brief provides estimates of the number and percentage of homeschooled students in the United States in 2012 and compares these estimates with 1999, 2003, and 2007. It describes the demographic characteristics of homeschoolers and reasons parents choose to homeschool their children. It presents parent reports on curriculum sources, online learning, and math and science subjects the child has been taught since beginning homeschooling. more info >
Student Self-Assessment of Math and Science Ability in High School
U.S. Department of Education, July 2016, 2 pp.
This study uses data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009. It has an overarching STEM focus, and included student self-assessment of confidence in math and science and information indicating their self and others’ assessment of their math abilities. more info >
Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. more info >
Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015
United States Census Bureau, March 2016, 12 pp.
This report provides a portrait of educational attainment in the United States based on data collected from the Current Population Survey (CPS). It examines educational attainment of the adult population by demographic and social characteristics such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and disability status. more info >
Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, January 2016, 18 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually. more info >
Opportunity, Responsibility and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream
Brookings Institute, December 2015, 88 pp.
This report presents a consensus plan to reduce poverty and restore the American Dream despite political polarization. It begins with a review of basic facts about poverty, mobility, education, employment, and marriage in America today, includes chapters on how changes in family, work, and education have together forced more Americans into poverty, and concludes with a recommended path forward. more info >
Children in the States Factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, October 2015
Fact sheets for each state that provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk. more info >
A New Majority: Low Income Students Now a Majority In the Nation's Public Schools
Southern Education Foundation, January 2015, 6 pp.
Provides data showing that a majority of students attending public schools come from low-income families and discusses implications of the findings. more info >
Building Healthy Schools: Health Impact Assessment on Planning School Construction Projects in Minnesota
Public Health Law Center, January 2015, 127 pp.
A health impact assessment of K-12 school design and its influence on student health. It provides analysis and recommendations on ways schools can influence health through school siting, transportation, nutrition, and physical activity. more info >
Child and Well-Being Index
Foundation for Child Development, December 2013, 24 pp.
Annual report on the well-being of children in the U.S. Includes data on economic well-being, health, safe/risky behavior, educational attainment, community engagement, social relationships, and emotional/spiritual well-being. more info >
Postsecondary Education in the United States
The Future of Children, April 2013
Access to college, financial aid, and support programs to help students succeed have expanded, but many students fail to complete their course of study, and costs are rising. This issue examines how higher education got to this point, and asks whether we can preserve access, help students succeed, and keep college affordable. more info >
Beginning Teachers are More Common in Rural, High-Poverty, and Racially Diverse Schools
Carsey Institute, July 2012, 6 pp.
This report finds that poor communities have moderately higher percentages of beginning teachers than communities with lower poverty rates and that a higher concentration of minority students in a district is associated with a higher percentage of beginning teachers. The combined impact of poverty, race, and urbanicity has a substantial effect on the probability that a district has a critically high percentage of beginning teachers, indicating a high turnover rate and possible issues of quality. more info >
Minnesota district/charter K-12 enrollment trends, 2001-2002 - 2011-2012
The Center for School Change, June 2012, 17 pp.
This report on Minnesota district and charter K-12 enrollment trends shows that in the last ten years, charters have increased enrollment by about 29,000 students while district public school enrollment declined more than 45,000, and discusses the meaning of this change. more info >
The High Quality of Life in Minnesota: Not Equally Shared by All
Minnesota Compass, December 2011, 2 pp.
In Minnesota, we take pride in our belief that all people have opportunities to become successful, but how well are we really doing? If you look at key statistics measuring our overall well-being, Minnesota ranks near the top in most categories. But dig a little deeper and you uncover glaring and persistent disparities. more info >
Arts Education in America : What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation
National Endowment for the Arts, February 2011, 58 pp.
This report investigates the relationship between arts education and arts participation. It also examines long-term declines in Americans' reported rates of arts learning in creative writing, music, and the visual arts, among other disciplines, finding that the declines are not distributed evenly across all racial and ethnic groups. more info >
Teen Voice 2010: Relationships that matter to America's teens
Search Institute, December 2010, 60 pp.
National study of 15-year-olds. It focuses on teens' interests; their confidence, skills, and opportunities to influence things that matter to them; and the relationships they need to support their growth. The reports looks at how these factor correlate with academic, psychological, social-emotional, and behavioral outcomes. more info >
Youth readiness for the future: A report on findings from a representative Gallup student poll sample
Gallup, August 2010, 12 pp.
Results of a national survey of youth that measured hope, engagement, and well-being. more info >
2009 Metro Residents Survey
Metropolitan Council, February 2010, 47 pp.
Results of a survey of Twin Cities residents which asks them to rank the region's top public concerns and quality of life. more info >
Seeing is believing: Promising practices for how school districts promote family engagement
Harvard Family Research Project, July 2009, 16 pp.
Core components of successful strategies to create and sustain family engagment. more info >
Why we can't wait: A case for philanthropic action: Opportunities for improving life outcomes for African American males
Ford Foundation, January 2007, 81 pp.
An examination of programs, policies and services that impact the life outcomes of African-American males. The report is intended to serve as a springboard for ideas, strategies and programs that philanthropy professionals, nonprofit leaders and civil society can nurture to the point of outcomes that improve the quality of life for black men and boys. more info >
2006 Carver County Quality of Life Indicators Report
Carver County, January 2006, 67 pp.
Provides a status report on the quality of life in Carver County based on 42 key indicators in nine different categories, including: economics, education, environment, growth and housing, health, mobility, leisure and recreation, social, and public safety. more info >
Trends in the use of school choice, 1993-1999, statistical analysis report
National Center for Education Statistics, April 2003, 52 pp.
This report "provides information about trends in the use and users of public schools of choice and private schools, and outcomes of these choices - parent satisfaction and involvement, and students' plans for postsecondary education." more info >
Vital voices: Building constituencies for public school reform, executive summary
Academy for Educational Development, Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago, November 2002, 6 pp.
Constituency building for education reform. more info >
An Agenda for Reform: Competition, Community, Concentration
John Brandl and Vin Weber, November 1995, 34 pp.
Written decades ago in response to a looming financial crisis in the Minnesota state budget – due to federal budget cuts, increased demand for services and slower economic growth – this report advocates for fundamental changes in the way Minnesota delivers taxpayers' services. more info >
Within our Means
Minnesota Planning, January 1995, 38 pp.
This report from 1995 examines strategies and offers recommendations for solving Minnesota’s looming budget crisis. It points out that economic conditions will become less favorable after 2010, when the proportion of Minnesotans of working age begins to decline and the dependent population, children and elderly people, proportionately increases. Areas of focus include: health care, education, justice, transportation, environment and local government. more info >
National Center for Education Statistics
Part of the Department of Education. Includes an Electronic Catalog, allowing you to search for NCES publications and data and the Encyclopedia of ED Stats, which provides data from several NCES sources including: The Condition of Education, The Digest of Education Statistics, and Projections of Education Statistics. Many of the reports can be viewed on-line. more info >
National Art Education Association
This site compiles research on the impact of the arts in education and provides a clearinghouse and review of state policies for arts education for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. more info >