Local district produces more college-ready grads than county, state Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Aug 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Seniors from Mountain View and Los Altos high schools graduated at higher rates last year than their peers in the county and throughout the state, and a greater percentage of those graduates were college-bound.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 19, 2011, 10:32 AM
Posted by KD, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Aug 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm
"About 92.5 percent of the seniors in the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District graduated last year. That's 14.2 percent more than the 78.3 percent of seniors who graduated countywide, according to a recent report from the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
Actually, 92.5% is 18.1% (not 14.2%) more than 78.3%. (Proof (92.5-78.3) / 78.3 = .181 = 18.1%) 92.5% is, however, 14.2 "percentage points" higher than 78.3%. (Proof 92.5 - 78.3 = 14.2)
In fairness to the Santa Clara Board of Education, their report dated August 16 actually uses the terms "percentage point gain", indicating that they understand the difference between "percentage point differential" "percentage change".
I only hope that the Voice wasn't relying on wording contained in a press release from the MVLA High School District when they wrote this article.....
Posted by Sad, sad state of affairs, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Aug 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm
Are we really to the point of applauding the fact that one in three GRADUATES from one of the highest ranking districts in the state does not meet the MINIMUM requirements to attend UC or CSU? Folks, these are the minimum requirements to go on to UC/CSU... a fair number of these 'success stories' are likely unprepared to succeed in college.
There's also an interesting article in Scientific American about learning, probably no surprise Music training is very good for the brain. My personal experience is that Art, and Math and Science are very closely related.