Students across the country return to school this week, many having started at the beginning of September.

A recent article on the ABC News website compiled some interesting school year stats from studies by the Department of Education and other organizations. The stats include information on student enrollment, graduation, and even the amount of sleep teenagers get.

Among the highlights:

  • Approximately 50.1 million students are estimated to attend public elementary and secondary schools, up from 50 million a year ago¹
  • Approximately 4.9 million students are estimated to attend private schools¹
  • An estimated 3.3 million students will graduate public and private high schools at the end of the year²
  • Approximately $634 billion will be spent in costs for the 2015-2016 year in public elementary and secondary schools, including salaries and benefits, transportation, books, and energy²
  • Cost for each student for the present year is expected to be $12,605²
  • College enrollment is increasing, and is 7 million for two-year schools and 13.2 million at four-year schools²
  • Degrees expected to be awarded in 2015-2016 include 952,000 associate’s, 1.8 million bachelor’s, 802,000 master’s and 179,000 doctor’s degrees²
  • Although The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting middle school and high school days at 8:30 a.m. or later, less than 1 in 5  were found to in the 2011-2012 year³
  • A reported 75 – 100% of public schools in 42 states started earlier than 8:30³
  • The earliest and latest average school start times were 7:40 and 8:33 a.m. by Louisiana and Alaska, respectively; all of the schools in Mississippi, Wyoming, and Hawaii started before 8:30³

Sources: 1.The Department of Education; 2. The National Center for Education Statistics; 3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Education Department researchers; 8:30 recommendation by The American Academy of Pediatrics


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