1. To comply with such existing federal programs as School Improvement Grants, more than 30 states have changed statutes to require principal evaluations based in “significant part” on standardized test scores.
  2. Says the Pew Research Center, for the first time, about 33% of 25- to 29-year-olds have at least a bachelor’s degree, up from 20% in the early 1970’s.
  3. The demand for college graduates has been increasing about 3% annually, but the supply has increased by only 1%.
  4. 23% of 513 surveyed high school dropouts cited a lack of parental support and encouragement; 21% said they’d dropped out due to the birth of a child. Only 17% have full-time jobs, earning about 30% less than those with a high school diploma.
  5. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, New Orleans leads the nation in the number of charter school students with 70%. Across the nation, about 10% of students attend a charter school.