Education Facts

how students spend their time pie chart
School accounts for just 14% of students’ time, yet we make teachers responsible for 100% of students’ education. And children spend 33% of their time sleeping. That leaves 53% spent on “other.” It is critical that during the 53%, parents are reading to their children and talking to them, making sure they go to school every day, and stressing the importance of education. Schools can’t do 100% of the work in 14% of the time; they must have support from the home.Total – 100%
365 days/yr × 24 hrs/day = 8,760 hrs/yr
School – 14%
174 days/yr × 7 hrs/day = 1,218 hrs/yr
Sleep – 33%
365 days/yr × 8 hrs/night = 2,920 hrs/yr
Other – 53%
191 days + = 4,622 hrs out of school, at home, with family and friends

Too many of our families are unaware of the importance of daily attendance, reading and talking with children at home, and stressing the importance of education because they did not experience these behaviors growing up. Others have multiple jobs and little time to provide academic enrichment at home. Teachers and administrators are often unsure of how to make the connection to home, and parents are often too uncomfortable, or unsure of how, to reach out to the school. HOME WORKS! makes that connection and builds trust so parents and teachers become partners in students’ education.

FACT: 64% of fourth graders in Missouri were not proficient in reading and 69% of Missouri eighth graders were not proficient in math in 2015. (Kids Count Report, 2017)

FACT: 12% of high school students in Missouri did not graduate on time in 2015. (Kids Count Report, 2017)

FACT: Less than a third of our nation’s fourth-grade students are proficient in reading. Another third lack even basic reading skills. Fewer than one in five low-income students are proficient; over half are below basic (two or more years below grade level). (Education Trust, 2017)

FACT: 2/3 of all students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. The 4th grade is the watershed year. We can predict that if a child is not reading proficiently in the 4th grade, he or she will have approximately a 78% chance of not catching up. (Begin to Read, 2017)

FACT: Research indicates that children from low socio-economic status (SES) households and communities develop academic skills more slowly compared to children from higher SES groups. Initial academic skills are correlated with the home environment, where low literacy environments and chronic stress negatively affect a child’s pre-academic skills. (American Psychological Association, 2017)

To read more about the education and health of students in St. Louis, Missouri, and the U.S., take a look at these helpful websites: