Stats That Stick: August 10, 2011
Teach for America 2011 acceptance rate: 11 percent Washington Post “Campus Overload” blog August 3, 2011
If you thought getting into a prestigious college was tough, just try getting accepted into Teach for America, which was yet again a top employer for graduates at many top universities. Teach for America places recent graduates, grad students and professionals in underserved urban or rural public schools for two-year teaching stints, and it received a record number of 48,000 applications for this fall. The organization selected 5,200 applicants to be teachers — 77 percent graduated this spring, 6 percent of them graduate students and 17 percent professionals.
Homeless children in public schools: 41 percent increase from 2006-7 to 2008-9 school years
A new report “The State of America’s Children 2011,” released by the Children's Defense Fund shines light on the economic recession's impact on children in the public school system. In addition to that startling statistic, the report also found that 79 percent or more of black and Hispanic youth cannot read or do math at grade level in the fourth, eighth or 12th grades in public school.
Funding to Title I Programs: More than $14.4 billion in grants to school districts in 2011
Title I was created in 1965 to award grants to states and local school districts to support supplemental instructions to narrow the achievement gap between students in poverty and their peers. A study released Tuesday from the Center on Education Policy found students in poverty within the Title I program improved in math and reading during the 2002-2009 time span in most states with sufficient test data.
Number of homeschooled children: 1.5 million as of 2007
Children staying home to be homeschooled by their parents is an increasing trend. More than 1.5 million students were homeschooled as of 2007, the most recent figure from the National Center for Education Statistics, compared to 850,000 in 1999. That is an increase of 74 percent, according to the Clarion Ledger in Mississippi.