Stats that Stick: February 15, 2012
Percent of students who didn’t take an AP Exam despite being deemed qualified: 60
Even though their PSAT scores showed they could perform well on one, 60 percent of students of those students did not take an AP Exam. This is according to a College Board report released last week. The report also indicated that Black, Latino and Native American students were less likely to take AP exams than their White and Asian counterparts. The Alliance for Excellent Education explored the results of the report and what it means for students and parents in this article.
Number of states considering bill to force students to repeat third grade if they don’t meet reading comprehension requirements: 4.
Colorado, Iowa, Tennessee, and New Mexico have all begun considering legislation that would make students repeat third grade if they can't pass state reading exams. The measure is sure to revive debates about whether retaining students boosts achievement or increases their odds of dropping out. Those four states join Oklahoma, Arizona, and Indiana who already have similar laws in place.
Growth (in percent) in achievement gap between affluent and low-income students: 40
A study found that the gap in standardized test scores between affluent and low-income students has grown by 40 percent since the 1960s, and is now double the testing gap between blacks and whites. The data comes from studies 2007 and 2008, which are the most recent and before the full impact of the recession. Based on the past recession, researchers believe the recent downturn was likely to have aggravated the trend.