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Stats That Stick: August 29, 2012

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August 29, 2012 08:51 pm

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These are stats. They stick. This post is aptly named, no?

Number of California community college students on a waiting list at the beginning of the fall semester: 470,000.
The Los Angeles Times reports, “More than 470,000 community college students are beginning the fall semester on waiting lists, unable to get into the courses they need, according to a survey of California’s two-year colleges that captures a system struggling amid severe budget cuts. The survey, to be released Wednesday, quantified the myriad problems affecting the system, many of which have been anecdotally reported by students on many campuses. The colleges expect steep declines in enrollment and class offerings compared with last fall.”

Percent of high school seniors in New Mexico who still need to pass an exit exam: 40+.
The Associated Press via The Republic (Columbus, Indiana) reports that over 40 percent of high school seniors in New Mexico still need to pass the state’s exist exam in order to earn their high diploma in the most direct way. Those seniors who failed the exam in their junior year can try again in October.

Percent increase in Chinese high school spending between 2001 and 2006: 212.6.
U.S. News and World Report has an article on the investments China and India have made in their high school populations. The information comes from a report by the Center for American Progress and the Center for the Next Generation. India made its own investments, too: “India spent $44 billion on education in 2008, a substantial increase from the country’s $11 billion annual investment in the late 1980s.”

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