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Stats That Stick: August 23, 2012

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August 23, 2012 07:55 pm


Here’s a brief list of things that are sticky: chewed gum, honey, super glue, molasses, duct tape, and the following statistics. Enjoy!

Percentage of jobs lost by the least-educated in America from late 2007 to early 2012: 10 percent.
A new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that “even during the recession, as millions of jobs vanished, the number of people with bachelor’s degrees who had jobs did not decline. And even as employment rose during the recovery, people who did not go to college continued to lose ground, shedding 200,000 jobs from early 2010 to early 2012.” The New York Times has more on this.

Percent of “very familiar” with No Child Left Behind who say the law worsened American education: 48.
The Huffington Post reports that, “More Americans think No Child Left Behind has made education in the U.S. worse rather than better, according to results from a Gallup poll released Monday. Of those surveyed, 29 percent believe the Bush-era education law has worsened education in America, compared with just 16 percent who said it has improved the system. Another 38 percent said NCLB hasn’t made much of a difference, while 17 percent are not familiar enough with the policy to rate its effectiveness.”

Percent of the class of 2012 that failed to meet benchmarks in two of four subjects on this year’s ACT: 60.
ACT released “The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2012” this week. Although American students showed some gains in math and science, the large number of students failing to meet subject benchmarks could “[put] them in jeopardy of failing in their pursuit of a college degree and careers. Education Week has the report.

Number of 18-24 year old Hispanic students enrolled in college last year: 2 million.
The Associated Press reports via The Huffington Post that Hispanic college enrollments have never been higher. “Hispanic population growth and improved high school completion rates helped Latino young people become the largest minority group on college campuses and a fourth of the public school population last year, according to a Pew Hispanic report released Monday.”

Number of Georgia dropouts previously uncounted by the state’s graduation rate formula: 15,161.
A report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reveals that Georgia’s high school graduation rate has dropped from 80.9 percent to 67.9 percent because of a switch to a more rigorous, and mandated, graduation rate calculation. “Using data for the Class of 2011, obtained through an open records request, the AJC found that 30,751 students left high school without a diploma, nearly double the 15,590 initially reported.”

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