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Stats That Stick: October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010 07:59 pm

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Seventy percent of young Americans in the 17-to-24 age bracket are unfit to join the U.S. military. Most of the unfit are high school dropouts, who are forbidden to enlist. Many of the rest have such low mental abilities that they flunk military entrance exams. Many others are obese or physically unfit. –The Charleston Gazette

For the year just ending (FY2009-2010) tuition was raised for community colleges in 44 states (86%), for regional universities in 36 states (88%), and for flagship universities in 41 states (89%). –Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama

What students are expected to know in order to reach proficiency levels on exams in some states may be as much as four grade levels below the standards set in the states with the most rigorous assessments, according to a study by the American Institutes for Research that uses international testing data to gauge states against a common measuring stick. –American Institutes for Research

More than half the patents awarded here last year were given to companies from outside the United States. –New York Times

A total of 40 states including Washington, DC have now adopted the common core state standards. –Alliance for Excellent Education

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