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Stats That Stick: July 26, 2012

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July 26, 2012 03:41 pm

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These stats were so unbelievably sticky that we couldn’t even get them off of our hands yesterday. We worked all night using all kinds of solvents, and finally, FINALLY, had some success this morning. Here are the numbers we just couldn’t let go of this week!

Percent of domestic spending, including education, that will be cut if sequestration occurs on January 2: 7.8.

At a hearing yesterday in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee, Senator Tom Harkin discussed the “sequestration” cuts on the slate due to the Budget Control Act of 2011. Senator Harkin said that if Congress strikes a deal that exempts the defense budget from cuts, the amount cut from domestic programs like education could be as high as an estimated 17.6 percent, equal to billions of dollars from the Department of Education’s budget.

Number of students who enrolled in the University of Illinois’ online classes on the first day: 14,000.

The University of Illinois is offering ten free online classes via Coursera, and the response they received has been enthusiastic. Many research universities across the country, including Duke and the University of Virginia, are now offering free, online courses.

Number of states now with No Child Left Behind waivers: 32 (and the District of Columbia).

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced that six more states and the District of Columbia had been granted waivers from some of NCLB’s most rigorous mandates. Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, and South Carolina are the latest states to be freed from NCLB’s provisions.

Percentage point increase in Dallas’s graduation rate since 2007: 14.

Although in 2005, the Lone Star state had very serious concerns about its schools’ graduation rates. But, The New York Times reports, “many Texas school districts, including the state’s two largest, are reporting their third or fourth straight year of rising graduation rates.” Dallas Independent School District’s success is indicative of this encouraging trend.

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