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Colorado By The Numbers
2000 educational attainment in Colorado; 1990 earnings by occupation and education; and enrollment, years completed, and educational attainment (K-12 through college).

Colorado Education Statistics
This page links to individual district (and BOCES) profile pages, with a wealth of information on districts and their schools. It also links to district-by-district data in specific educational areas, as well as a yearly collection of general education statistics for the state.

Estimates of Adult Literacy Proficiencies
Based on the National Adult Literacy Survey
(NALS, 1992) & the U.S. Census (1990)

  • Colorado: .pdf format
  • Congressional Districts (CDs): .pdf format
  • Selected counties: .pdf format
  • Selected cities and Census-designated places (CDPs): .pdf format


Data and Statistics in Adult Education and Literacy
(Office of Vocational and Adult Education)
This page gives links to online tables of data on adult education basic grant allotment, human investment impact, enrollment, and personnel for years 1996-2000.

Current Population Reports, September 1999

  • Income, Earnings, and Poverty From the 2004 American Community Survey
    Table 5 (p. 10).
    Median Earnings of Workers by Selected Characteristics in 2004 (includes income by educational attainment)

Current Population Survey

Measuring Up
From the National Center For Public Policy and Higher Education, this report is a state-by-state report card for higher education that grades states in five areas - preparation, participation, affordability, completion, and benefits.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Published by the U.S. Census bureau, this site contains important primary statistical information for the United States published since 1990.

U.S. Census, 2000
This home page for the U.S. Census Bureau gives access to many different reports, publications, and tables. Educational attainment data is in Summary File 3.

U.S. Census, 1990
For 1990 Census data on educational attainment for states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), counties, cities and towns, Census-designated places (CDPs), Census tracts, or block groups, visit the Census Lookup site:

Adult Literacy

Adult Literacy and Education in America (Education Statistics Quarterly, 2001)
This report analyzes the literacy proficiencies of the nation's adults in relation to their schooling. The findings were based on data from the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey.

Adult Literacy Statistics Synthetic Estimates
This site provides synthetic estimates of adult literacy and census predictors for any geographic area. Synthetic estimation uses statistical models to combine information from different data sources to estimate information not available in any one source by itself. The synthetic estimates of adult literacy proficiency presented here combine information from the National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) and the 1990 U.S. Census to estimate adult literacy proficiencies in geographical areas not adequately sampled by NALS.

A First Look at the Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century
The National Adult Literacy Survey is a data collection system of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The survey was designed to measure the nature and extent of literacy skills among the U.S. adult population (16 years old and older), and offers a variety of statistics on the condition of adult literacy in the U.S.

Literacy Council of Buncombe County
The mission of this organization is to provide support services for tutors and learners; and to collaborate with individuals, groups, or other community organizations desiring to foster increased adult literacy. This link has a quick facts/quotable statistics page about literacy in the U.S.


Asia-Pacific Literacy Data Base
This database is jointly developed by the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) and UNESCO Bangkok - Asia and Pacific Bureau for Education in co-operation with government and non-government literacy agencies in the region. It offers online access to statistics and publications about literacy in the countries in the region.

International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS)
The 1994 International Adult Literacy Survey is the first multi-country and multi-language assessment of adult literacy. The goal was to develop scales for comparisons of literacy performance among people with a wide range of abilities, and to compare literacy across cultures and languages.

Reading Literacy in the United States: Findings From the IEA Reading Literacy Study (June 1996)
This report presents three sets of findings on how U.S. students compare to students in other countries; relationships between reading comprehension and aspects of family, schooling, and community; and the nature of reading instruction in American classrooms.

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