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Report Round-Up: September 2, 2011

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September 02, 2011 06:00 pm

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“Early Education Program Leads to Success” University of Missouri

A new report by University of Missouri researchers shows the vitality of early-education programs leading to success later in students’ lives. The study examined the long-term success rates of Chicago’s Child-Parent Center Education Program and found low-income children who spent two to six years in the program had higher rates of high school graduation,  fewer criminal arrests, reduced instances of substance abuse and earned more money than children of the same age who did not participate in the program.

“One Year Out”
College Board
This survey shows that roughly 90 percent of 2010 high school graduates believe it’s not enough to be able to compete with a high school diploma, and 86 percent believe college is essential to their futures. The report, released by the College Board – which administers the SAT and Advanced Placement exams – surveyed roughly 1,500 students who graduated in 2010 one year later. Three-fourths of students said they had a “good” or “great” 2010, and only 9 percent said they were dissatisfied with their high school experience. However, nearly half said they wish they had enrolled in different classes in high school, especially more difficult science, math, and writing courses.

“What Will They Learn?”
American Council of Trustees and Alumni
Over 1,000 colleges were analyzed in this new survey which shows nearly three-fifths of colleges offer three or fewer of seven core education subjects, such as science, math, and foreign language. This is the third annual report of its kind, and it attempts to illustrate the failures of American colleges to require students to complete subjects essential to their education.

High School Athletics Participation Survey National Federation of State High School Associations
An all-time record number of high school students are playing sports, according to this report released this week. The survey shows that in total, nearly 7,668,000 students participated in high school sports during the 2010-11 school year, an increase of almost 40,000 over 2009-10. Eleven-player football is at the top of the particpationlist.

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