American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
June 1, 2011

NCES Releases "The Condition of Education 2011"

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S., Department of Education, has released "The Condition of Education 2011," a congressionally mandated report to the country on education in America. The report includes 50 indicators in five major areas—education participation, learner outcomes, student effort and educational progress, the contexts of elementary and secondary education, and the contexts of postsecondary education. It also includes a special analysis on postsecondary education.

Among the notable findings: from 2000 to 2009, undergraduate enrollment increased from 13 million to 18 million students; in 2009, approximately 84% of students from high-income families (the top 20% of all family incomes) enrolled in either a two- or four-year college immediately after high school, versus 67% of students from middle-income families and 55% of students from low-income families (the bottom 20% of all family incomes); and, by 2009, about 57% of first-time, full-time students who began seeking a bachelor's degree at a four-year college in 2002-03 had completed their degree at that same institution within six years. For more information, visit The Condition of Education's Web site or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.

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