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Stats That Stick: March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011 09:08 pm

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Nationwide, an estimated 1.3 million students dropped out from the Class of 2010 without earning a diploma. Cutting this number in half would yield 650,000 “new” high school graduates who would likely make additional contributions to the nation’s economy by supporting 54,000 jobs and increasing the gross domestic product by as much as $9.6 billion by the time they reach the midpoint of their careers. –Alliance for Excellent Education

Six in ten teachers (61%) say they are able to differentiate instruction a great deal to address the different learning needs of students within a class. –MetLife

The number of U.S. schools with such poor graduation rates that they are known as “dropout factories” fell by 6.4 percent between 2008 and 2009. –Johns Hopkins University Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance, and Civic Enterprises

U.S. children are more likely to have access to digital media — such as television and the Internet — compared with trends a decade ago. But low-income, Hispanic, and black children consume more media than their middle-class and white peers and it is less likely to be educational. –Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

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