Younger people are earning bachelor’s degrees in education at a far lower rate than older age groups, and gender gaps in science and engineering have narrowed, new Census data show. Nationwide, just 8.9 percent of 25- to 39-year-olds with bachelor’s degrees studied education, compared with 12.7 percent of 40- to 64-year-olds and 23.5 percent of people aged 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey five-year estimates.
While Connecticut teachers and aides have seen their compensation inch upward over two decades, their salaries alone have lost ground relative to inflation. That’s because employer spending on benefits, including retirement and health insurance, has grown as slice of overall compensation costs.
Connecticut is experiencing economic segregation that inhibits economic mobility— a detriment not only to the pursuit of equal opportunity for children in these communities, but to the state’s future workforce and economic success as well.
The scorecard is useful to measure larger, older colleges that reflects traditional norms but the variables the Department of Education decided to focus on doesn’t capture the level of nuance to truly understand smaller colleges. The scorecard did not rank or grade colleges against each other because of this because such direct comparisons would not be fair or accurate.
At TrendCT, we often have questions about where to get education-related datasets — and our first step is to ask Connecticut Mirror education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas. Instead of keeping her knowledge to ourselves, we asked her to share her resources with TrendCT readers.
Which racial and ethnic groups improved? And which subjects did students struggle on? And perhaps the most interesting one of all: How did the teaching of U.S. history, civics and geography change in the past four years?