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ERIC Number: ED453755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Why Florida's Educational Attainment Is Far Better than It Appears.
Micceri, Ted
This paper attempts to show that Florida's high percentages of elderly and minority citizens, two groups that show considerably lower than average higher educational attainment, cause simplistic statistical analyses to rank Florida lower in educational attainment than she deserves. Controlling for these demographic factors shows that Florida is performing better than usual analyses suggest. Florida ranks 31st in the United States in the percentage of population aged 25 and over who have a college degree, but when one adjusts the expected percentages of educational attainment for age, Florida's expected rank drops to 51st (50 states and the District of Columbia), and when one adjusts based on racial/ethnic proportions in the over 25 population, Florida's expected rank is 44. Thus, the simple rank of 31 is considerably above expectations based on age or racial/ethnic characteristics. Florida is among only 10 states that showed a 10% of greater increase in the number of students enrolled in higher education institutions between 1990 and 1997. The phenomenon of simplistic statistical analysis underestimating Florida's performance also occurs for K-12 education. The percentage of the population under 18 is about 79% of the national average, so if Florida actually spends the same amount per student as the average state, simplistic global statistics based on unadjusted estimates make it appear that Florida spends 21% less than the average state. An appendix contains a map of percent change in total enrollment in institutions of higher education by state from 1990 to 1997. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida