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Stats That Stick: June 27, 2012

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June 27, 2012 06:34 pm


The Stats! They Stick! They stick in your head and they cannot be unstuck! Here’s this week’s edition of the statistics we can’t get out of our heads.

First, although this isn’t a specific statistic, be sure to check out this excellent infographic from Civitas Learning (posted by The Huffington Post) that is a great reference of U.S. graduate and unemployment rates compared to those in other countries.

Number of dollars less a six-year completer of college generally makes annually compared to a four-year completer: $13,000.

A report from the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research found that students who complete their degree in the traditional four-year time span earn more than those who take longer to complete. Education Week has the story.

Chance of improving one’s economic status over the course of a lifetime if they earn a college degree: 80%.

The U.S. Treasury Department recently released a report titled “The Economic Case for Higher Education.” The report makes the claim that for the poorest fifth of American families, obtaining a college degree gives an 80 percent chance over the course of a lifetime of improving economic status. This is compared to just a 55 percent chance of improving one’s economic status if they do not graduate college.

Number of languages Rhode Island wants its students to be fluent in: 2.

Rhode Island recently released the “Rhode Island Roadmap to Language Excellence,” which has a goal of making sure all students are fluent in two languages by 2030. In an increasingly global economy, it will certainly help students to be bilingual, or even multilingual. What other languages do you speak? Let us know in the comments!

Number of states who have been turned down for ESEA waivers: 1.

One is the loneliest number for Iowa, which had its ESEA waiver application rejected by the U.S. Department of Education last week. The waiver was rejected because “Iowa’s state education agency did not have the authority to enforce the requirement that teachers and principals be evaluated in part on student outcomes.” Education Week has the story and analysis.

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