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Stats that Stick: April 4, 2012

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April 04, 2012 06:28 pm

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Number of words and topic preciously banned from New York City standardized tests:
50.

The measure that banned these words has now been revoked  after being widely ridiculed when the New York Post published a report about their existence. New York City Department of Education officials that they were pulling back on a clause in contracts for testing companies that list 50 words and topics that they should avoid in creating new tests.

Percentage of elementary schools that offer visual arts classes: 83.

This is a four percent drop since the 2009-2010 school year. In drama, the drop was larger: From 20 percent to 4 percent. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that the report painted a mixed picture: On the one hand, there has not been a dramatic narrowing of the arts curriculum. Music and visual arts classes are still widely offered, and there hasn’t been a decline in dance or drama offerings at the middle and high school level.

Estimated number of students who will be deterred from taking this year’s Advanced Placement examinations due to cost: 29,000

The College Board, which administers the exams, will increase its subsidy for low-income students’ fees this year from $22 to $26 per exam. Still, the nonprofit estimates that about 29,000 low-income students nationwide will be deterred by the $15 cost and will not take AP exams this year. Because of a federal budget cut, tens of thousands of low-income high school students will face steeper price tags for their Advanced Placement exams this May

 

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