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Stats That Stick: September 28, 2011

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September 28, 2011 03:07 pm

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States with little to no mention of the American civil rights movement: 35
A new study from the Southern Poverty Law Center has  found ignorance  by American students of the basic history of the civil rights movement has not changed — in fact, it has worsened, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report says that states’ academic standards for public schools are one major cause of the problem, according to the New York Times. The report assigns letter grades to each state based on how extensively its academic standards address the civil rights movement. Thirty-five states got an F because their standards require little or no mention of the movement, it says.

Children in America with at least one parent an “unauthorized” immigrant: One in 10
A new report from the Harvard Educational Review is the first to analyze research on the effect of living in a family of uncertain immigration status on children from early childhood through their entry to college and career. It estimates estimate one in 10 children and adolescents—about 5.5 million nationwide—grow up with at least one parent “unauthorized,” and 1 million of those children have that status themselves. The researchers found a “consistent pattern” across studies of education, health, labor, and other areas: “The effects of unauthorized status on development across the lifespan are uniformly negative, with millions of U.S. children and youth at risk of lower educational performance, economic stagnation, blocked mobility, and ambiguous belonging.”

College students pursuing STEM degrees who decided to in high school or earlier: Four in 5
According to US News & World Report, many students decide to study science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) early in their high school careers, according to a new survey released earlier this month by Microsoft. Almost four in five college students who are pursuing a STEM-related degree say they decided to go into their field in high school or earlier; about one in five say they decided in middle school or earlier.

Difference of money teachers in ethnically diverse school districts makecompared to peers: $2,500 less
Education Week reports that in many ethnically diverse school districts across the country, teachers in schools that serve the top quintile of African-American and Latino students are paid significantly less—approximately $2,500 per year—than the average teacher in such districts, according to an analysis released by the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights.

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