Education

In December, over half of people with K-12 students reported their kids spent less time learning compared to before the pandemic.

Internet access for online learning is not equally available, with two-thirds of Black children reported as always having internet available for their studies, compared to over three-quarters of white and Asian children.

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About 59 million adults lived with someone who planned to attend college in fall 2020, with over a third of them reporting that the student ultimately canceled their plans.

While the government suspended student loan payments until October 2021, student loan debt reached $1.7 trillion in 2020, equivalent to $5,174 per capita. ​

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Between 2000 and 2017, K-12 spending per public school student increased 24% to $12,794.

State and local governments provide 91.9% of K-12 funding.

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Two-thirds of eighth graders are not proficient in math and reading.

Nearly four out of five Black and Hispanic eighth graders are not proficient in these areas. Due to COVID-19, the national 2021 assessment is delayed until 2022.

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The average college tuition was $23,902 in 2016, an increase of over 80% since 1993 (adjusting for inflation).

Government and institutions awarded students an average of $19,397 in grant aid in 2016 — almost twice the 1993 average, adjusting for inflation.

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Wages for people with a bachelor’s degree have increased 5% since 2000.

People with a bachelor’s degree earn roughly 67% more than workers with just a high school diploma.​

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Eighty-five percent of students graduate from high school, and 70% of recent high school graduates enroll in college within a year of graduating from high school.

Sixty-two percent of students at four-year colleges graduate within six years, while 33% of students at two-year colleges graduate within three years. Less than half of Black students enrolled in four year colleges graduate within six years.

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More than a third of the overall adult population has a bachelor’s degree or higher, but only 25% of Black Americans and 19% of Hispanic Americans do.​

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