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As we approach Valnetine’s/Singles’ Awareness Day, here’s some data to chew on:
- 21% of couples have felt closer to their spouse/partner because of exchanges they had online or via text message.
- 27% of internet users in a marriage or committed relationship have an email account that they share with their partner.
- 18% of online 18-29 year olds have argued with a partner about the amount of time one of them spent online (compared with 8% of all online couples).
Plus much more data candy for your pre-Valentine week. Enjoy!! http://pewrsr.ch/1csCijM
No, this is not a meteorological map of the latest polar vortex to descend upon Milwaukee. It’s actually a ward-by-ward voting map of the 2012 presidential election in the four-county metro area. Unlike the weather and other natural phenomena, this pattern of ever intensifying political polarization hews closely to county lines.
Looking forward to reading future installments of Craig Gilbert’s Journal Sentinel series on this.
The demand for statistically literate citizens has grown. Jobs related to statistics are expected to increase by about 27 percent during this decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To respond to this surge in attention to statistics in society, it is crucial that we foster data literacy in our population, starting at a relatively early age. Teachers, the gatekeepers of the knowledge transmitted to our young people, must be able to teach students how to navigate the data world. If not in our schools, then where are individuals expected to acquire the knowledge needed to be statistically literate? And if teachers are the key, they themselves must understand statistics and learn the content and pedagogy for how to teach the subject at different levels.
image via flickr:CC | LendingMemo
Fully 63% of Facebook users report going on the site at least daily (with 40% logging on multiple times per day), giving it not only the highest overall percentage of users, but also the most engaged. Just 14% of Facebook users say that they visit the site less than once a week.
Happy almost 10th birthday to Facebook; we’ll have brand new stats for you early next week.
The typical American read five books in 2013, according to the Pew Research Center’s new report on reading and e-readers. That’s the median, rather than the average, meaning half of Americans read more than five books and half read fewer; if you look just at people who read at least one book last year, the figure rises to seven.
“Reading” encompassed printed books and e-books as well as audiobooks. Overall, print remains the dominant way Americans read books: More than two-thirds (69%) of people said they had read at least one printed book in the past year, versus 28% who said they’d read an e-book and 14% who said they had listened to an audiobook. 87% of e-book readers and 84% of audiobook listeners also read a print book in the past 12 months.
image via Pew Research
Here’s an infographic with 2013 state-by-state education statistics. Click on the tabs and the individual states to see information in different areas, including high school graduation rates, test scores and more.
An interesting longitudinal study of high school sophomores 10 years later was just released by the Ed.gov. Some findings on their college career:
- 19% were both working for pay and taking postsecondary courses
- 5% were taking postsecondary courses only
- 63% were working for pay only
- 13% were neither working for pay nor taking post secondary courses
10 years later, 24% were still taking college classes!
Read more about graduation rates, college loan amounts, job rates, and living arrangements.
Recently, the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson released the results of a survey about online learning. The report was based on responses from over 2,800 academic leaders and found that over 7.1 million higher ed students are learning online. The study aimed to a number of questions central to the nature and extent of online education:
- Is online learning strategic?
- Are learning outcomes comparable in online settings and face to face settings?
- How many students are learning online?
- How are MOOCs faring?
- Do students require more discipline to complete online courses?
- Is retention of students harder in online courses?
- What is the future of online learning?
- Who offers MOOCs?
- What are the objectives of MOOCs?
- What role do MOOCs play for higher education institutions?
Look at data and figure out in which of two states students have higher achievement. See what this experiment says about reform.
One thing this graph doesn’t show is change over time. Over the past several years, the job market has (obviously) been pretty grim. The recession ended four and a half years ago, in June 2009. But there are still 1.3 million fewer U.S. jobs than there were in December 2007, when the recession began.
A new analysis of test-taking data finds that in Mississippi and Montana, no female, African American, or Hispanic students took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science.
In fact, no African-American students took the exam in a total of 11 states, and no Hispanic students took it in eight states, according to state comparisons of College Board data compiled by Barbara Ericson, the director of computing outreach and a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech.
In the course of conducting public opinion surveys and demographic analyses, the Pew Research Center found a wide range of data milestones, breakthroughs, peaks and valleys in 2013.
- Just over half (51%) of the public now favors same-sex marriage, while 42% are opposed.
- A majority of Americans (52%) now favor legalizing the use of marijuana.
- A majority agrees the U.S. should mind its own business internationally, the highest measure in nearly a half century of polling.
- The share of Americans saying they do not want their own representative in Congress reelected – 38% – is at its highest point in two decades.
- For the first time, a majority of the public (53%) says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
- 36% of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31—the so-called Millennial generation— now live in their parents’ home, the highest share in at least four decades.
- A record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.
- The U.S., which has a total population of 317 million, is now home to a record 40.4 million immigrants.
- A record seven-in-ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts.
- The percentage of Americans who say the U.S. plays a more important and powerful role as a world leader than it did 10 years ago has fallen to a 40-year low of just 17%.
- The percentage of American Catholics calling themselves “strong” Catholics is at a four-decade low.
- For the first time since Pew Research Center began tracking smartphone adoption, a majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind.
- 50% of the public now cites the internet as a main source for national and international news.
This measure of teacher salaries isn’t perfect, either, and should be interpreted with caution. For example, comparing salaries for teachers – all of whom were employed – to the the incomes of all BA-holders – many of whom may have been unemployed – may overstate the financial outlook for prospective teachers. On the other hand, teachers may receive forms of compensation, like substantial vacation time, that are not captured by these data.
So don’t get too carried away trying to draw major inferences from these figures. They’re interesting, but don’t definitively answer any major questions in education reform.
School officials everywhere are debating how to deal with teacher misconduct, and especially the rise in sexual crimes linked to technology and social media. A new analysis by The Salt Lake Tribune reveals that tools such as cellphones, texting, and social media are increasingly a factor in teacher misconduct cases.