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Stats that Stick: December 14, 2011

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December 14, 2011 07:00 pm


Stats that Stick took a short hiatus but have no fear there are plenty of stats here to quench your thirst for knowledge.

Percent of high school students not prepared for college or career training: 40.

A new study by researchers at John Hopkins University and the University of Arizona found that many students are not ready for life after high school graduation. According to the Washington Post, the study finds that 40 percent of high school students graduate prepared neither for traditional college nor for career training. The report also finds that 33 percent of students complete the modern college preparatory track, and 25 percent graduate from college-preparatory programs.

Cost (in dollars) to the state of New York to implement the Dream Act, helping illegal immigrant students: 627,428.

The New York Times reports that approximately 4,550 illegal immigrants graduate from high school in New York every year. About 5 percent of those, or 227 students, will choose to attend public colleges in that state. New York’s tuition assistance program costs about $2,764 per student. The cost multiplied by 227 leaves you with just under $630,000 in costs to the state, a total considered to be very low compared to other state educational expenses and the potential boost to the state economy that additional college graduates may provide.

Number of states with anti-bullying laws: 46.

According to the Huffington Post, the U.S. Department of Education concluded in a report analysing the expansiveness of state anti-bullying laws found that 46 states has some form of anti-bullying legislation. Of those states, 36 have policies and restrictions that address cyberbullying. 13 of those 46 allow schools to monitor and address bullying even when it doesn’t occur on school grounds. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement that “Every state should have effective bullying prevention efforts in place to protect children inside and outside of school.”

Number of students who signed up for an online course in 2010: 6.1 million.

That is a 10 percent increase from the 5.5 million students who signed up in 2009. The growing trend in online education is sparking a number of educational programs and institutions eager to capitalize. The Huffington Post introduces you to 2tor (as in tutor), that is using the push toward online learning to offer postgraduate degree programs.


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