Stats That Stick: June 20, 2012
Time for your weekly dose of Stats That Stick! Here are some of the articles and their statistics that stuck in our minds this week.
Percent of 12th grade students who were able to explain results and draw conclusions from data collected from experiments during NAEP 2009: 11%.
According to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics, American students had a lot of trouble coming to conclusions and explaining results of science experiments during the science portion of the National Assessment for Educational Progress 2009. This indicates that many American students may be lacking the deeper learning skills that they will need to succeed in college and a career. For more information about deeper learning skills, check out the Alliance’s report “A Time for Deeper Learning: Preparing Students for a Changing World.”
Number of user-generated educational materials expected to be on ShareMyLesson.com: 100,000+.
The American Federation of Teachers and Britain’s TSL Education are teaming up to launch ShareMyLesson.com, an online portal for teachers to share educational materials. According to The Associated Press, “Share My Lesson is expected to be the largest online resource for teachers in the U.S. and comes at a time when cuts to education budgets have led many districts to slash professional development.”
Number of student desks set up on the National Mall yesterday: 857.
Do you think the 2012 presidential candidates are spending enough time talking about reforming the U.S. education system? Well, the College Board disagrees with you. The College Board has launched the “Don’t Forget Ed!” campaign to encourage the presidential candidates to focus more attention on reforming education. To encourage policymakers in Washington and the candidates to set their sights on education, the College Board set up 857 desks on the National Mall yesterday: one for every student that drops out every hour of every school day.
Age of the oldest college graduate we heard about this week: 85.
Last week we told you about a very dedicated 97-year-old who finally got her high school diploma. This week, The Huffington Post brings us the story of Joseph Pinsky, an 85-year-old World War II veteran who finally obtained his associate’s degree from Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY. Congratulations to Mr. Pinsky and all of the other graduates who persisted through to college completion!