'Back to school' means anytime from late July to after Labor Day, depending on where in the U.S. you live
Earlier starts tend to be more common in the South and Southwest. Later starts are more common on the East Coast and in the upper Midwest and Northwest.
For U.S. teens today, summer means more schooling and less leisure time than in the past
Compared with 10 years ago, American teens are devoting more of their time in the summer to educational activities and less time to leisure.
A view of the nation’s future through kindergarten demographics
In 18 states and the District of Columbia, Latino children accounted for at least 20% of public school kindergarten students in 2017.
About one-in-six U.S. teachers work second jobs – and not just in the summer
Classes have ended for the summer at U.S. public schools, but a sizable share of teachers are still hard at work at second jobs outside the classroom.
Early Benchmarks Show ‘Post-Millennials’ on Track to Be Most Diverse, Best-Educated Generation Yet
Today’s 6- to 21-year-olds are already America’s most racially and ethnically diverse generation – and more of them are heading to college than previous generations.
Nearly one-in-five teens can’t always finish their homework because of the digital divide
Some 15% of U.S. households with school-age children do not have a high-speed internet connection at home. Some teens are more likely to face digital hurdles when trying to complete their homework.
6 facts about English language learners in U.S. public schools
English language learners in U.S. K-12 public schools are a diverse group from many different states and native language backgrounds.
6 facts about America’s students
A projected 50.7 million pre-K-12 students will return to the classroom in U.S. public schools this fall. As the school year gets underway, read key findings about America’s students and their experiences.
America’s public school teachers are far less racially and ethnically diverse than their students
Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 20% of all public elementary and secondary school teachers in the United States during the 2015-16 school year. That makes teachers considerably less racially and ethnically diverse than their students – as well as the nation as a whole.
Most European students are learning a foreign language in school while Americans lag
A median of 92% of European students are learning a language in school. Far fewer K-12 students in the U.S. participate in foreign language education.
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