Archive for Statistics

Jersey City Socio-Economic Statistics, 1930 -1985

At this site that contains the fourteen editions of the City and County Data Book, a specialized supplement to the decennial census, you can track the ups and downs of Jersey City through the above years. Did you know that in 1930, Jersey City had a population of 316, 715, far larger than today? The variables change for each edition of the data book so many datasets are not presented over the entire time span of 1930-1985, but so much information is presented that you can get a real feel for what was happening in Jersey City decades ago.

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International Women’s Day: Some Sites

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2015 Digest of Education Statistics Now Online

This annual report presents a plethora of data from pre-K to graduate school and is considered a go-to source for its depth and breadth of coverage. As this resource is updated on a continual basis, newer data is posted here for your perusal; the online version also has “WEB-only” tables/charts . An introduction featues some salient statistics, among them that college enrollment will increase by 15% through 2025. (Chapter 3 examines higher education.) Reports back to 1990 can be perused as well.

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U.S. Students’ Scores in Reading, Science, and Math Are Flat Or Lower

The 2015 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment)  test results have just been released. While U.S. students scored at about the same rates in reading and science literacy (scores that are nothing to cheer about), math scores have declined. Key findings for the U.S. are available online from the OECD, the administrator of the test; statements and slides from the acting NCES Commissioner can be perused; and here is a full report. A partial answer for why the U.S. is always mid-range in the world rankings can be found in this article The 2015 PISA Results: What Do They Mean?

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2016 International Education Statistics

Open Doors Data from the Institute of International Education provides a plethora of information on international students studying here and their economic impact,  the universities in each state with the highest number of international students (here is New Jersey), places of origin, majors undertaken, enrollment trends; and U.S. students studying aboard along with a whole range of pertinent statistics as well.

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Computer and Internet Use in the United States

The Digital Nation Data Explorer from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration presents a great deal of data on the use of computers and the Internet in a wide variety of settings from coffee shops to wearable devices. A national map indicates the usage percentage while accompanying charts give hard numbers.

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Spring 2016 PARRC Scores Released

The NJ Department of Education has just released the latest PARRC scores; however, it presents them in a less than user-friendly format. NJ Spotlight allows interactive searching by county, district, and school. More than 11,000 datasets are available.

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