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Stats That Stick: October 19, 2011

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October 19, 2011 08:57 pm


Number of amendments offered by members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to the draft language to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act: 144
Education Week’s Politics K-12 blog has a good rundown of some of the amendments that the committee will consider, including amendments to limit the U.S. Secretary of Education’s ability to grant waivers, make it easier for alternatively certified teachers to be considered “high quality,” and add student achievement goals back into the legislation.

Number of amendments offered by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), whose objection forced the committee to adjourn at 11:30 am on Wednesday morning: 74
Again, the Politics K-12 blog has more details on Paul’s objection, which is tied to a Senate rule preventing a committee from meeting for more than two hours after the Senate has been in session that day.

Percentage of first-time students attending one of Wyoming seven community colleges in the fall of 2006 who were required to enroll in remedial courses: 56.2 percent
This piece of data comes from a study presented to the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Education Committee after lawmakers requested it as part of efforts to improve the performance of students and teachers in Wyoming’s public school system. The study also found that 23 percent of students entering the University of Wyoming need remdial courses in math.

Percentage of Texans aged 25 to 34 who have earned an associate’s degree or higher: 32 percent
That percentage trails the percentage for the United States as a whole (41 percent), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (54 percent), which ranked first, and South Korea (63 percent), which ranked first.

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