EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — December 3, 2014

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Percentage of Young Adults in School, 1985 to 2012


Recent trends of 18-24-year olds show an increase, over time, in high school and college enrollments. The chart below showcases census data of 18-19, 20-21, and 22-24-year olds in the United States. In each case, there have been significant increases in enrollments between 1985 and 2012. For instance, the percentage of 18-19-year olds enrolled in either high school or college increased from 52 to 69 percent (17 percent), while the percentage for 20-21-year olds grew from 35 to 54 percent (19 percent). The oldest grouping, the 22-24-year olds, increased from 17 to 31 percent (14 percent).

EXHIBIT 1. Percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in high school or postsecondary education: Selected years, October 1985 through October 2012

SOURCE: Snyder, Thomas D. (2014). Mobile Digest of Education Statistics, 2013 (NCES 2014-085). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC.