Thursday, February 13, 2014

Comment: How many students, how many years of school?

You're all doing quite well.  Nice work! 

As many of you have figured out, one of the key phrases here is "educational attainment."  As the government defines it:  "Educational attainment refers to the highest level of education that an individual has completed. This is distinct from the level of schooling that an individual is attending."  

The kinds of answers for the educational attainment question vary slightly by survey, but generally include the following categories:
  • No schooling completed, or less than 1 year
  • Nursery, kindergarten, and elementary (grades 1-8)
  • High school (grades 9-12, no degree)
  • High school graduate (or equivalent)
  • Some college (1-4 years, no degree)
  • Associate’s degree (including occupational or academic degrees)
  • Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS, AB, etc)
  • Master’s degree (MA, MS, MENG, MSW, etc)
  • Professional school degree (MD, DDC, JD, etc)
  • Doctorate degree (PhD, EdD, etc)

And the obvious source of data about this (for the US) would be the Census Bureau (they're at )  An interesting question for a future SRS challenge would be to do this same question for another country.  (I'm looking at you Ramón!)  

In my case, I found their CSV data files, and then was able to use Google Spreadsheets to create the graph I showed yesterday.  

Enough of a hint??  

Search on! 


  1. Hello Dr. Russell. I searched for data in Mexico.

    Chart Source


    I'll try to find other source to make new chart or compare.