USA: Education spending, percent of GDP

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 USA

Public spending on education, percent of GDP

 Latest value 5.44
 Year 2020
 Measure percent
 Data availability 2000 - 2020
 Average 5.96
 Min - Max 4.81 - 6.74
 Source UNESCO
For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 2000 to 2020. The average value for the USA during that period was 5.96 percent with a minimum of 4.81 percent in 2016 and a maximum of 6.74 percent in 2009. The latest value from 2020 is 5.44 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 152 countries is 4.57 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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USA - Education spending, percent of GDP - recent values

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USA - Education spending, percent of GDP - historical chart - 2000-2020




Definition: General government expenditure on education (current, capital, and transfers) is expressed as a percentage of GDP. It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.


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 Female to male ratio, primary school pupils 1.00 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, secondary school students 0.98 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, students at tertiary level education 1.32 2021 percent
 Preprimary school enrollment 72.40 2020 percent
 Primary school enrollment 98.31 2021 percent
 Secondary school enrollment 101.19 2021 percent
 Tertiary school enrollment 84.86 2021 percent
 Trained teachers in primary education 100.00 2021 percent
 PISA math scores 464.888 2022 index points
 PISA reading scores 503.938 2022 index points
 PISA science scores 499.414 2022 index points
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