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Stats That Stick: June 6, 2012

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June 06, 2012 06:55 pm


It’s Wednesday, which means that in addition to being halfway through this week, it’s also time for your weekly dose of Stats That Stick! These are some statistics from the past week that caught our eyes. This week’s sticky statistics are brought to you by Alliance Policy Intern Shlon Smith.

Number of recent students who graduated from high school and are not enrolled full-time or working: 3 out 4.

Some recent high school graduates are not able to keep up with the rigorous college coursework and as a result end up taking time off from school. According to a study conducted by Carl Van Horn, Cliff Zukin and Mark Szeltner of Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, 3 out of 4 recent high school graduates are not enrolled full-time at a college and are not working.

Percentage of high school graduates who started college but did not graduate from that same college: 66% (in four years);  > 40% (in six years).

In light of growing concerns surrounding students who dropout of college, a government survey conducted in 2009 showcased that approximately 66% of students who started college at a particular college failed to graduate from that college in four years. Even at the six year mark more than 40% of students failed to graduate from that same college. U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan wants to draw attention to this issue and offer incentives to colleges in order to encourage college completion.

Percentage of teachers being evaluated in Connecticut based on student performance this year: 10%

Thousands of teachers and hundreds of principles will be evaluated next school year as part of a pilot. Teaches and principals will be evaluated on a number of different measures such as teacher observation, standardized testing, and student and parent surveys. The new education reform law which was signed in May 2012 will be the first time that evaluations will determine if a teacher qualifies for tenure and also allows for teachers to be let go if they are deemed ineffective. During the 2013-14 school year, every district will need to implement the state evaluation model.

Money to be provided by the College Savings Account Research Demonstration Project: $8.7 million

In an attempt to determine the benefits of having a college savings account, the College Savings Account Research and Demonstration Project, which is part of the GEAR UP program, will provide $8.7 million dollars to approximately 10,000 students in addition to providing counseling in financial literacy. This randomized research study will split high school students into two groups. One group of students will be the control group that receives no money and the other group will be the experimental group that receives funding and counseling. The Project hopes to show students how to prepare for college by saving throughout high school in order to make attending college more feasible.

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