New National Reports Study Education Disparities, Student Discipline

On May 28, the Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), released “The Condition of Education 2015,” a Congressionally mandated report to the country on education in America today.

The report presents 42 indicators grouped under four areas:

  • Population characteristics,
  • Participation in education,
  • Elementary and secondary education, and
  • Postsecondary education.

The report also underlines some issues of current policy interest:

  • Kindergartners’ approaches to learning behaviors and academic outcomes,
  • Disparities in educational outcomes among male youth of color, and
  • Differences in postsecondary attainment by socioeconomic status.

Also, a new NCES “First Look” report offers nationally representative data on public school safety and discipline for the 2013-14 school year. The report presents information on specific school safety and discipline plans and practices, training for classroom teachers and aides, security personnel, frequency of discipline problems, and number of incidents of various offenses.  Among the findings:

65% of schools reported at least one “violent incident” occurred at school (at a rate of 15.8 per 1,000 students); 13% of schools reported at least one “serious violent incident” occurred at school (0.5 per 1,000 students); and 2% of schools reported at least one “physical attack or fight with a weapon” occurred at school (0.1 per 1,000 students).

For more information read the report here.