The Almanac of American Education 2008by Deirdre A. Gaquin
The Almanac of American Education helps users understand and compare the quality of education at the national, state, and county levels. Compiled from official U.S. government and reliable private sources, the book contains historical and current data, insightful analysis, and useful graphs that provide compelling insights into the state of education in America. The appendix to this title functions as a guide to education resources on the Internet. It provides site descriptions and evaluations along with URLs, giving users the information they need to go directly to the sites that will be of greatest use to them. The Almanac provides national coverage of school enrollment and educational attainment, looking at American education from a variety of different angles. Attainment levels are presented by race, occupation, and industry and cover both high school and college attainment. Other figures provide information on the percentage of high school and college graduates in the population, along with enrollment status by age and level of school, dropout rates, and number of college attendees. State-level statistics provide average SAT and ACT scores; per-student expenditures; private and public school enrollment; student poverty; public school teacher salaries; teacher characteristics; and regional comparative data. County-level statistics include information on student/teacher ratios; free lunch eligibility; numbers of students and graduates; attainment levels; per-student expenditures; and dropout rates.
Meet the Author
Deirdre A. Gaquin has been a data use consultant to private organizations, government agencies, and universities for over 25 years. Prior to that, she was Director of Data Access Services at Data Use & Access Laboratories, a pioneer in private sector distribution of federal statistical data. A former President of the Association of Public Data Users, Ms. Gaquin has served on numerous boards, panels, and task forces concerned with federal statistical data and has worked on four decennial censuses. She holds a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree from Hunter College. Ms. Gaquin is also an editor of Bernan Press's Congressional District Atlas; The Who, What, and Where of America: Understanding the American Community Survey; Places, Towns and Townships; and County and City Extra.
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