[kids-lib] National Center for Education Statistics

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Oct 29 11:33:54 PDT 2010

Hello!  My school library colleague, Jen Maurer, just sent the following email regarding the National Center for Education Statistics.  This is an excellent website for literacy statistics from early literacy through high school.  Education statistics are a great piece to add to any advocacy you do for children's and teen programs.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

From: oasl-all at oema.memberclicks.net [mailto:oasl-all at oema.memberclicks.net] On Behalf Of Jennifer Maurer
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 9:36 AM
To: Katie Anderson
Subject: [oasl-all] National Center for Education Statistics

Do you know about the National Center for Education Statistics, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences?  On their website (http://nces.ed.gov/), NCES is described as "the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education."

Interesting things I learned from the site...

*         There were 1.5 million homeschoolers in the U.S. in 2007 (most recent year available).
See Fast Facts tab:  http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=91

*         In 2009, Oregon 8th graders scored significantly higher than those in 12 other states on the math assessment.
See the State Comparisons tab:  http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/statecomparisons/

*         As of 2007-08, 77.8% of Oregon school libraries had an automated catalog.
See Annual Reports tab: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/tables/dt09_421.asp

There's also a site for kids for learn about and play with statistics:  Kids' Zone.  http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/  "Dare to Compare" is fun.  Students can select a grade level, subject, and # of questions (from past national assessments).  Then they take the short quiz and see how they compared with the national average or regional averages.  http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/eyk/index.asp

...and that's just the tip of the iceberg.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Library Development
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR  97301-3950
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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