The National Center for Education Statistics is following the young. It is doing so for very important reasons. What becomes of America’s youth post educational experience?
This query is significant for most today because the recent deep and lingering recession has shaken many of the tenets families have long taken for granted: Go to college, do well, graduate, marry well, do well… This “fairy tale” may no longer be the case for a significant number of young adults. This is especially troubling for baby boomer parents who have experience a lifetime of social mobility and progress. As the baby boomers age, they are increasingly troubled by an unexpected contradiction in today’s economy: you may have done all the rights things and your parents may have done their very best, and you are still not ready for success years after you left your university cocoon.
The Policy ThinkShop invites you to read and comment on the following report by the National Center for Education Statistics so that you can help us give perspective to the growing debate addressing the inadequacies of our educational system as these relate to the emerging labor market.
Full Report courtesy of The Policy ThinkShop: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2014/2014363.pdf
“The Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) tracks the educational and developmental experiences of a nationally representative sample of high school sophomores in the United States.1 This First Look report provides a descriptive portrait of these 2002 tenth-graders a decade later, when most were about 26 years old and had been out of high school for 8 years. In so doing, this report draws heavily on information collected during the 2012 third follow-up data collection.2 By this time, many members of the cohort had already completed postsecondary education, started or even changed careers, and started to form families.”
Full report at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2014/2014363.pdf