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When either writing or speaking, using appropriate statistics can help prove or disprove your point. This works best with statistics from reliable resources. Each of the links provided can lead you to reliable--quotable statistics. Logically weaving statistics into your essays, papers, or speeches will strengthen your work.
For instance, the best resource for information related to population growth or racial makeup would be found under census.gov and can generally be narrowed down to specific states, counties, or cities. If you needed information about laws in a given state they may be found on state websites like scstatehouse.gov (for South Carolina).
The Condition of Education
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. We are independent and non-partisan. Our mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public.
Digest of Education Statistics
The primary purpose of the Digest of Education Statistics is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
The World Bank EdStats (Education Statistics)
The World Bank EdStats (Education Statistics) portal is your comprehensive data and analysis source for key topics in education such as access, completion, learning, expenditures, policy, and equity.
NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only assessment that measures what U.S. students know and can do in various subjects across the nation, states, and in some urban districts. Also known as The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP has provided important information about how students are performing academically since 1969.
General Statistics - US
Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, dating back to 1878. (https://tinyurl.com/y85fmngz)
South Carolina Statistics
Health & Healthcare Statistics