The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released its 2007 annual report on the condition of education in the U.S. “The Condition of Education 2007” includes 48 indicators in five major areas:

  • participation in education,
  • learner outcomes,
  • student effort and educational progress,
  • elementary and secondary education contexts,
  • postsecondary education contexts

It also included a special analysis on high school course taking which shows that Increases in high school credits (course taking) earned in English, math, and science have not caused a decline in other coursework, partly because students are taking more advanced courses. It compares 1982 and 2004 data and points out that overall, the average number of credits earned by high school graduates increased from 21.7 to 25.8 credits. Posted Sept 2007.