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Stats That Stick: July 5, 2012

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July 05, 2012 05:50 pm


It’s your weekly favor! Stats That Stick! Just like “Call Me Maybe,” we just can’t seem to get these out of our heads this week. Have any stats that you’ve seen and just can’t get unstuck? Leave them for us in the comments.

Percent of registered voters who said they know nothing about the Common Core State Standards: 60%.
A recent poll conducted by the education nonprofit Achieve found that public awareness of the Common Core State Standards, which will affect 42 million K-12 students and 2.7 million teachers, is severely lacking. U.S. News and World Report has the story.

Projected loss of National Education Association members by the end of the 2013-14 budget year: 308,000.
The NEA’s Representative Assembly met in Washington, DC this week for their 150th convening and unfortunately was met with some bad news. The U.S.’s largest labor union has lost more than 100,000 educators and support personnel since 2010 and those losses are predicted to get larger. The decrease in membership will also have a fiscal impact as the 308,000 lost members represent approximately $65 million.  Education Week reports.

Number of states granted NCLB waivers, to date: 24.
With last week’s approval of waivers for Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, and Virginia, almost half of the union is now freed from key aspects of the No Child Left Behind law. To date, only one state has had its request for a waiver rejected.

Number of homeless students at the end of the 2010-11 school year, nationally: 1,065,794.
The Huffington Post reports that for the first time the number of homeless students in America has topped one million. The 2010-11 figure was up 13% from the year before and up 57% from the start of the Great Recession in 2007.

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