Issue #269 - November 2014
Educational Performance of the United States — An International Perspective

This report summarizes international data on the educational performance and ranking of the 35 countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The data for a variety of metrics indicates that the ranking of the United States among these countries is dropping, especially since about 2000, on those metrics where time-series data are available. Other countries have surpassed the educational performance of the United States on key measures of high school graduation and attainment, college enrollment, completion and attainment. In the global human capital economy that emerged around 2000, the absolute and relative educational performance of the United States portends economic challenges ahead. The lower than average educational performance of the United States may also help explain growing inequality of income, wealth, life expectancy and other measures of human welfare that are closely associated with education.   more
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(11/12/2014) Issue #268 - October 2014
Unequal by Design

Around 1980, public policy in the United States began to reverse course, abandoning the policies that had built the country, and replacing those policies with laws, programs, and investments that have taken the country on an entirely different course. The evidence of the course reversal is apparent in accumulating public debt, in decaying roads, bridges, and other infrastructure on which modern life depends, climate change including global warming, even in declining life expectancy among certain groups of the population. Recently the results of this new policy direction are being described as contributing to the lack of economic growth and growing political polarization and instability.
(8/19/2014) Residence and Migration Reports for all states have been updated.
(9/8/2014) Financial Barriers to Higher Education for Students from Low Income Families, 1990 to 2012
Council for Opportunity in Education
Washington, D.C.
September 8, 2014
(7/16/2014) Pell Grant Recipients as a Percentage of Pell-Eligible Undergraduate Enrollment by Institutional Type/Control and State, 1993-94 to 2012-13
(8/1/2014) Gross State Product by Industry, 1963 to 2013
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