USA Facts is an organization that compiles statistics about dozens of areas of American life: employment, the pandemic, climate change, and more. For educators, a visit to the USA Facts page of statistics on American education is a real eye-opener, full of surprises and facts that provide a newly informed perspective.

You will want to visit this page and spend some time discovering the wealth of statistics you will find there. We did, and we are pleased to share the following with you. (Please note the statistics below are only a small part of what you will find on the USA Facts pages.)

A Cherry-Picked Selection of Useful Statistics about American Education

  • In 2019, the average public school teacher salary in the U.S. was $61,730.00.
  • In 2019, the average SAT reading score for American students was 531; for mathematics, the average score was 518.
  • In 2019, only 37% of high school seniors read at proficiency level for grade 12. And only 26% had reached proficiency levels in math.
  • In 2019, 33.48% of students who entered two-year colleges graduated within three years. At four-year colleges, 63.38% of students graduated within four years.
  • In 2018, the average Pell Grant awarded was $4,031.34. The largest Pell Grant awarded was $5,920.00.
  • In 2018, 16 million American students applied for Pell Grants.
  • In 2019, 16,773,973 students were enrolled in undergraduate programs in America. 3,035,683 were enrolled in graduate programs.

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Students who participate in the National Career & College Pathway Study will gain new insights about making educational decisions that align with their interests, passions, and aptitudes. Participants will receive information on college and career opportunities that match their interests.

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