Internet & Tech Jul. 16, 2013

Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

A majority of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing and make teaching writing easier, but also worry that they are having some undesirable effects.

Fact Tank Jul. 1, 2013

Households owing student loan debts at record levels

About one out of five of the nation’s households owed student debt in 2010, more than double the share two decades earlier.

Fact Tank Jun. 25, 2013

What’s killing the less-educated white women of America?

For nearly three decades researchers have known that better-educated adults are living increasingly longer than those with less education. (Kids: One more reason to stay in school.) Then in the mid-1980s a new trend emerged: The education-mortality gap began growing much faster among women than among men. By 2006, white women without a high school […]

Fact Tank Jun. 24, 2013

As Supreme Court defers affirmative action ruling, deep divides persist

While Americans overwhelmingly agree that society should ensure equal opportunities for all, the divide over affirmative action programs remains as wide as ever.

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2013

South Carolina valedictorian reignites debate on prayer in school

Earlier this month, the valedictorian at Liberty (S.C.) High School ripped up his prepared graduation speech, which had been approved by school officials, and instead recited the Lord’s Prayer at the public school’s graduation ceremony. According to CNN, Roy Costner IV said he was trying to make a statement that “taking prayer out of schools […]

Fact Tank May. 13, 2013

In time for graduation season, a look at student debt

College is a pretty pricey proposition, even after grants and scholarships are factored in. And the millions of students graduating this spring will soon learn just how expensive their degrees were when they start getting student-loan bills. As a Pew Research Center analysis noted last year, nearly one in five U.S. households (19%) owed money […]

Pew Research Center May. 13, 2013

In Time for Graduation Season, a Look at Student Debt

By Drew DeSilver College is a pretty pricey proposition, even after grants and scholarships are factored in. And the millions of students graduating this spring will soon learn just how expensive their degrees were when they start getting student-loan bills. As a Pew Research Center analysis noted last year, nearly one in five U.S. households […]

May. 10, 2013

Record Share of New Mothers Are College Educated

Women with infant children in the U.S. are more educated than ever, reflecting a decades-long rise in the educational levels of all women and a steep decline in births among less-educated women.

Hispanic May. 9, 2013

Hispanics Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment

A record seven-in-ten Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate among white high school grads.

U.S. Politics Apr. 22, 2013

Public’s Science Knowledge Varies Widely

The public’s knowledge of science and technology varies widely across a range of questions on current topics and basic scientific concepts, according to a new quiz by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine.