WEDNESDAY, SEP 14, 2011
Back to School Special Part 3: Education on the Rise
With the new school year approaching, Social Explorer is taking a closer look at education data today and over the years. In this installment, we are looking at the rise of high school and college education through the decades. Some of the earliest detailed census data on education came from 1850 when the census reported information about school attendance. For many decades, the census focused on literacy rates, which we discussed in part two of the back to school series. By the mid-1900s, data on educational attainment emerged (elementary school, high school, college, etc.), adding new insight into education levels across the nation and between population groups. Using the 1940 and 1970 censuses and the 2009 American Community Survey, Social Explorer investigated these changes in detail. Educational attainment, as measured by earning degrees, increased nearly one and a half times over between 1940 and 2009 at both the high school and college levels. The trends in the data also show that college degrees today are even more prevalent than high school degrees were in the 1940s. one, two and three of our back to school series. Please visit Social Explorer’s maps and reports sections to learn more about education and other data.