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Stats That Stick: June 8, 2011

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June 08, 2011 04:44 pm

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The nation’s graduation rate has reached its highest point in two decades. The proportion of public high school students earning diplomas for the class of 2008 approached 72 percent, exceeding an earlier peak in 1991. Every racial and ethnic group posted solid gains for the class  of 2008, marking the second straight year of across-the-board improvements. –Diplomas Count 2011

Minority children spend an average of 13 hours a day using mobile devices, computers, TVs and other media — about four and a half hours more than white kids, a study has found.  –Associated Press

The percentage of Hispanic 18- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school and don’t have an equivalent degree was 22 percent in 2008, down from 34 percent in 1998. Meanwhile, the number attending a 2-year college increased 85 percent, from 540,000 in 2000 to 1 million in 2008. –Associated Press

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