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Stats that Stick: August 31, 2011

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August 31, 2011 08:16 pm

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High school graduates who think their high school diploma is not enough to compete in today’s society: 90 percent
A new report 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 they believe college is important. 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.

Schools on military bases that are either in poor or failing conditions: 40 percent
A new report card by the U.S. Department of Defense states a significant number of schools on military bases are either in poor or failing conditions and many face overcrowding. The latest report supplements what was described by a recent iWatch News investigation in the schools as undersized and dilapidated, according to the Huffington Post. The iWatch News investigation found that three in four Pentagon-run schools are either beyond repair or would require extensive renovation to meet minimum standards for safety, quality, accessibility and design.

U.S. colleges that lack in offering core subjects of education: 60 percent
Three-fifths of over 1,000 colleges analyzed in a new survey offered only three or fewer of seven core education subjects, such as science, math, and foreign language. The third annual report from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, “What Will They Learn?” attempts to illustrate the failures of American colleges to require students to learn essential subjects over the course of their education.

Amount of money Fresno school superintendent gave back to his district: $800,000
Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell is giving back $800,000 of his salary to his school district. This amount would have been his compensation for the next three years, when his term expires. According to the Huffington Post, Powell is being praised for his generosity and said “There’s no reason for me to keep stockpiling money.”

High schools students who participate in athletics: 55.5 percent
An all-time record number of high school students are playing sports, according to the Annual High School Athletics Participation Survey released this week. The National Federation of State High School Associations released the data showing 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 at the top of the list.

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