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Stats That Stick: October 26, 2011

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October 26, 2011 05:54 pm

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Here are this week’s Stats That Stick courtesy of our policy intern, Bill DeBaun:

Percentage of children under 8 with access to a mobile device like a smartphone, a video iPod, or an iPad or other tablet: 50%
This according to a study by Common Sense Media reported on by the New York Times. The study examines “screen time” in children since birth. While this does show the increasing prevalence of technology in our lives, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that “screen time offers no benefits for children under 2.”

Number of students who enter high school in New York City and are ready for college after four years: 1 in 4
This statistic, again from the New York Times, shows that graduation rates, which were more than double college readiness rates in 299 of 363 schools studied, can sometimes be misleading when deciding whether a student is college and career readiness. Here’s a bonus statistic: Of the 25% of students ready for college after four years, less than half actually enroll in college.

Estimated number of education sector jobs lost since 2008: 294,000
The Associated Press (via the Huffington Post) brings us this sobering reminder of the toll the economy has had on education. Many districts have already implemented cost-saving strategies like requiring students to pay to participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics, but these solutions may not be enough in the face of budget shortfalls and cuts.

Number of affirmative votes the Harkin-Enzi reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act received out of the Senate HELP Committee: 15
Education Week provides a thorough recap and analysis of last week’s mark-up that saw ESEA get passed out of committee by a vote of 15-7. Three republican Senators and all 12 democratic Senators voted to send the bill to the Senate floor.

Cost to taxpayers of students who drop out of community college before their second year: approximately $1 billion annually
The Chronicle of Higher Education describes a report from the American Institutes of Research that finds that, between 2004 and 2009, “federal, state, and local governments spent almost $4 billion in student aid and appropriations to community colleges that benefited full-time, first-year students who never made it to graduation day.” This study’s findings, combined with those from another from Complete College America, show that community college completion has a lot of room for improvement.

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