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Stats that Stick: September 26, 2012

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September 26, 2012 06:24 pm

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If Statistics 101 had been as sticky as these stats, I would have aced the class.

Speaking of not doing so hot in school, SAT scores for the class of 2012 dominate  education news this week. SAT reading scores are lowest since 1972; 57 percent did not score high enough to indicate college success. Part of the problem is the number of test takers: the SAT is down, and the ACT is up. Regardless of the causes, College Board President Gaston Caperton said, “When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing.” Read more at the Washington Post.

The US Department of Education announced they’re awarding $9.9 million in grants to Kansas, Maryland and Oregon to improve their academic assessments. “High-quality assessments provide the data needed to improve education systems, instruction and, ultimately, student achievement,” Secretary Arne Duncan said. Read the full release at the Department of Education.

Is that third-grader drinking beer? He/she may be. According to a new study, in which 33 percent of third-graders had tasted alcohol, 40 percent of mothers believe exposing children to alcohol at a young age will discourage alcohol abuse later in life. But they’re wrong. “People who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are six times more likely than those who start at age 21 and older to develop alcohol problems,” said Pamela Hyde, Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) which ran the study. The Huffington Post has more.

See you next Wednesday for more Stats that Stick.

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