Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Social Statistics To Digest

CRIME

National Correctional Population: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of people under correctional supervision increased 2.3% from 2001 to 2002. [Released: August 20th, 2003]

Drug Abuse Violations: According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the estimated number of arrests for drug abuse violations increased slightly from 2000 to 2001. [Released: October 28th. 2002]

Property Crime Rate: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, property crimes continued to decline as measured by the National Crime Victimization Survey. [Released: August 24, 2003]

EDUCATION

International Comparisons in Reading Literacy: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. fourth-graders outperformed their counterparts in 23 of the 34 other participating countries, although they scored lower than students in England, the Netherlands, and Sweden. [Released: April 23, 2003]

Trends in Academic Progress: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, trends in mathematics and science are characterized by declines in the 1970s, followed by increases during the 1980s and early 1990s, and mostly stable performance since then. Some gains are also evident in reading, but they are modest. [Released: September 1, 2000]

Dropout Rate: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in October 2000, 10.9 percent of young adults in the United States were not enrolled in a high school program and had not completed high school. [Released: November 19, 2001]

Postsecondary Attainment: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, by 2000, 8 years after most had graduated from high school, 29 percent of the 1988 eighth-grade cohort reported that they had attained a bachelor’s degree or higher.[Released: June 28, 2002]

Doctoral Degrees Awarded in Science and Engineering Fields: According to the National Science Foundation, in 2001, U.S. universities conferred 25,509 doctorate awards in science and engineering fields, down from 27,283 in 1998. [Released: November 2002]

HEALTH

Birth Record: According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of births recorded for 2000 is the highest in the past 30 years. [Released: April 2002]

Infant Mortality Rate: According to the National Center for Health Statistics,the preliminary infant mortality rate in the United States fell to its lowest level ever in 2000 – 6.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, down from a rate of 7.1 in 1999. [Released: April 2002]

Life Expectancy: According to the National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy at birth hit a new high in 2000 at 76.9. [Released: April 2002]

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