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The Condition of Education 2006


"The Condition of Education 2006 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report presents 50 indicators on the status and condition of education and a special analysis on international assessments. The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education for which accurate data are available. The 2006 print edition includes 50 indicators in five main areas: (1) participation in education; (2) learner outcomes; (3) student effort and educational progress; (4) the contexts of elementary and secondary education; and (5) the contexts of postsecondary education. The report finds, for example, that U.S. 15-year-olds had lower average scores in mathematics and science literacy than most of their international peers from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)-member countries that participated in the 2003 survey. While results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress show steady improvement in mathematics scores for 4th- and 8th-graders and science scores have improved for 4th-graders, science literacy was lower in 2005 than in 1996 at grade 12."