Archive for Statistics

The “Digital Divide” Is Still a Major Problem

This Associated Press analysis of Census Bureau numbers reveals that more than three million school children still have no reliable internet access to complete homework assignments, leaving them more academically underprepared than their counterparts who have access to what many of us think as a basic tool. And this lack is felt more in certain socioeconomic levels: “Students without internet at home are more likely to be students of color, from low-income families or in households with lower parental education levels.”

The latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics show the wide range of access to internet or broadband or the availability of computers in the home.

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Jersey City’s Population Estimates Show Great Growth

Based on the data contained in the Census Bureau’s 2018 population estimates¬†found in its American Factfinder, Jersey City’s population has increased by over 17,000 since the 2010 census; it has increased by 2,000 since 2017. Newark, on the other hand, has seen its population rise by 5,000 since the 2010 census; its rise from 2017 tallies at a little more than 1,000. Every city, state, county, congressional district, etc can be tracked among the many metrics offered by the above site.

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2019 “Condition of Education”

This annual report highlights through uses of massive amounts of data the state of the education sector from pre-k through college. Two very important “spotlights” are included in this year’s version: Young Adult Educational and Employment Outcomes by Family Socioeconomic Status and Postsecondary Outcomes for Nontraditional Undergraduate Students. In light of recent reports of parents scheming to get their children into elite colleges, the first report makes it clear that parental socioeconomic factors do play a significant role in college attendance/completion. The second report, the first time it has been issued, traces the educational path taken by “nontraditional” students; it includes data on completion, transfer, and enrollment rates.

Another relevant report is The Postsecondary Undergraduate Population: Student Income and Demographics from CRS.

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Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2018

Containing data from 2015 through 2017 this voluminous compendium details various aspects of crime at all levels of the education sector. Bullying, victimization, active shootings are some of the topics highlighted. Handy “Spotlights” add to the utility of this work.

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Projections for Library Occupations

Did you know that there are only 25,900 college/university librarians in the country? And that the number who will be leaving the profession in the next few years exceeds the average exit rate for other occupations? These and other data points, along with links for additional information, can be found here.

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How Did Your School/District Do in the 2017/18 New Jersey Report Cards?

A plethora of information are contained in the various reports that were issued this month: from languages spoken at home to metrics involving career and college readiness. Reports are available in English and Spanish; summaries are also given as some of these documents are 60 pages long.

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County by County Health Rankings in the United States

Utilizing a vast array of metrics from diverse sources, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin have compiled a health profile for every county in the country; the data can be selected at either the state or county level. Here is the New Jersey report; Hudson County’s figures are here. The report’s key findings are also available. You also have the ability to compare counties.

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