5 Interesting Statistics about School in America
1.The amount of money spent at family clothing stores in August 2010 topped $7.4 billion.
This ranks behind only the months of November and December. Sales at bookstores in August 2010 totaled $2.2 billion, an amount approached in 2010 only by sales in January.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services <http://www.census.gov/mrts/www/mrts.html>
2. The number of children and adults enrolled in school throughout the country in October 2009 was 77 million.
This is 27 percent of the entire population age 3 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2009, Table 1 <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/school/cps2009.html>
3. Nearly 80% of students ages 12 to 17 were academically on-track in 2006.(Students were considered to be academically on-track if they were enrolled in school at or above the grade level appropriate for their age.)
The odds of being on-track were 48 percent higher for these students if they were in a gifted class and 34 percent higher if they had never been suspended or expelled from school.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, A Child’s Day: 2006 (Selected Indicators of Child Well-Being), Table 5 <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/children/cb09-182.html>
4. The average number of children participating each month in the National School Lunch Program in 2009 was 31.3 million.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011, Table 568 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/>
There were 98,706 public schools in 2008-09. In 2007-08, there were 33,740 private schools.
Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics, <http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_005.asp>