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Stats That Stick: July 18, 2012

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July 18, 2012 07:33 pm


The Stats! They stick! Go ahead, try to unstick them. We dare you. See? Impossible, right? Here is what has latched onto us this week.

Number of times more likely a white student is to enroll in a highly selective college than a black student: 5.

The Huffington Post reports on a new Stanford University Center for Education Policy Analysis study on race, income, and enrollment patterns at America’s highest-tier universities. The study found that “as recently as 2004, white students were five times as likely as black students to enroll in a highly selective college, and two to three times as likely to gain admission — even after accounting for income differences between black and white families. White students were also three times as likely as Hispanic students to enroll in a selective college.

Percentage point decrease in reading proficiency tests due to new standards in Wisconsin: 46.1.

The Associated Press reports via Education Week that under a “new, tougher grading system,” far fewer Wisconsin students passed reading and math tests with proficient or advanced scores than did under the old standard. In addition to the reading score drop mentioned above, math dropped from 78 percent to 48.1 percent.

Percentage point change in American college completion rates in 2010: 0.5 percentage point increase.

According to census data released by the U.S. Department of Education, 100,000 more students held postsecondary degrees in 2010 than 2009. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the news to the National Governors Association this past Friday. The Huffington Post has more.

Stats that Stick

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