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ERIC: Education Levels

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Education Levels

Use the full type or the code number when searching the Education Level (LV) field. The Advanced Search page also contains a special limit for this field; find it in the Search options section. This table can be found in the www.eric.ed.gov Help files.

Education Level Scope Note / Definition
* Early Childhood Education Activities and/or experiences that are intended to effect developmental changes in children, from birth through the primary units of elementary school (grades K-3)
 Preschool Education Activities and/or experiences that are intended to effect developmental changes in children, from birth to entrance in kindergarten (or grade 1 when kindergarten is not attended)
 Primary Education Education provided in kindergarten through grade 3
* Elementary Secondary Education Formal education provided in kindergarten or grade 1 through grade 12
 Elementary Education Education provided in kindergarten or grade 1 through grade 6, 7, or 8
° Adult Basic Education Education provided for adults at the elementary level (through grade 8), usually with emphasis on communicative, computational, and social skills
° Intermediate Grades Includes the middle and/or upper elementary grades, but usually 4, 5, and 6
 Middle Schools Various combinations of grades 5 through 9 - mainly 6-8, but also 5-7, 7-8, or 7-9
 Secondary Education Education provided in grade 7, 8, or 9 through grade 12
° Junior High Schools Providing formal education in grades 7, 8, and 9 - less commonly 7 and 8, or 8 and 9
° High Schools Providing formal education in grades 9 or 10 through 12
° High School Equivalency Programs Adult educational activities concerned with the preparation for and the taking of tests that lead to a high school equivalency certificate
* Postsecondary Education All education beyond the secondary level - includes learning activities and experiences beyond the compulsory school attendance age, with the exception of adult basic education and high school equivalency programs (in the UK, referred to as Tertiary)
 Higher Education All education beyond the secondary level leading to a formal degree
 Two Year Colleges Public or private postsecondary institutions providing at least 2, but less than 4, years of academic and/or occupational education (community colleges)
 Adult Education Providing or coordinating purposeful learning activities for adults (non-degree)

* First, or primary, level

‡ Second level (or first sub-level)

° Third level (or second sub-level)

NOTE: Table extracted from the ERIC website help files.