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GRAPH: Number of low-income students in AP courses grows

Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch come from households with an income at or slightly above the federal poverty guidelines. During the 2012-13 school year, 133 students who qualified for free or reduced-price lunch were enrolled in AP courses. The following year, that number nearly tripled: 395 qualifying students were enrolled.

GRAPH: CPS sees increase in minority students who enroll in AP classes

The number of minority students enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement course more than doubled between the 2012-13 academic year and the 2013-14 academic year. Individual minority groups saw significant increases; the number of black students more than quadrupled, the number of Hispanic students doubled, and the number of multiracial students more than doubled.

CHART: Minority students' share in AP courses grows

Nearly twice as many Columbia Public Schools students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2013-14 school year compared with the previous academic year. Minority students made up 24 percent of enrolled students during the 2012-13 school year and 31 percent of enrolled students the following year. The share of black students grew the most: from 6 percent in 2012-13 to 13 percent of enrolled students in 2013-14.

ILLUSTRATION: Before and after knee replacement surgery

When a patient goes in for a knee replacement it’s usually because eroded cartilage has made walking painful. There is no cure for this type of arthritis, so doctors insert an artificial knee. The doctor attaches metal alloy caps to the thighbone and shinbone, then places a plastic spacer between the metal caps. The plastic spacer acts as artificial cartilage.

GRAPH: More Title I preschool students take part in full-day program

During the 2013-14 school year, less than a quarter of Title I preschool students stay the full day. The portion of students enrolled in the full-day program has grown since 2003, when only 4 percent participated for the full day.

CHART: Academic gains among Title I preschool students

Title I preschool tests assessed the students’ ability to write their own name and to recognize uppercase letters. In the fall of 2012, about four out of 10 students could recognize uppercase letters and about five out of 10 students could write their name. By the end of the academic year, those rates had increased to more than eight out of 10 and nine out of 10, respectively.

CHART: Extra year in Title I bumps student test scores up

Students who stayed an extra year in a Title I preschool program tested better than those who participated for just one year in all but one area upon entering kindergarten.

CHART: Full-day enrollment grows among Title I preschool students

During the 2013-14 school year, less than a quarter of Title I preschool students stay the full day. The portion of students enrolled in the full-day program has grown since 2003, when only 4 percent participated for the full day.

CHART: The facts about E15

The facts about E15

ILLUSTRATION: Anatomy of a healthy knee

Everyday use of the knee can cause osteoarthritis in the joint. A healthy knee has cartilage on the thighbone, shinbone and kneecap to cushion the hinge.

CHART: Calls to Columbia Police Department

Every time a burglary alarm is triggered in Columbia, it makes an automatic phone call to the Columbia Police Department. About 96.5 percent of alarm calls are false alarms, slightly lower than the national average of 98 percent.

CHART: Guide to academic regalia- the colors

Each college or degree within MU is associated with a color that adorns regalia during commencement. Undergraduates wear their color on their tassels, while graduate and doctoral students wear the color in the lining of their hood.

CHART: Guide to academic regalia- the gowns

During commencement, students and faculty wear traditional academic regalia according to what degree they are receiving or have received.

MAP: Downtown food desert

When Lucky’s Market opens Jan. 15, it will greatly improve access to fresh produce for downtown residents, many of whom now live in what’s known as a “food desert.” A food desert is defined by an area’s access to sources of healthy food, measured by distance to the source, income, vehicle availability and the availability of public transportation.

GRAPH: Child care subsidy covers some costs

Missouri parents who qualify for a state-funded subsidy can get some financial help paying for child care. In Boone County, child care costs more than what the state reimburses. Parents pick up the tab for the additional amount.

CHART: Children receiving subsidized child care in Missouri

The number of children receiving state assistance mostly matches trends for unemployment and other subsidy programs, said MU economics professor Peter Mueser. Parents can get the state subsidy for child care if they are working, attending school or in job training programs. The number of children receiving the subsidy dropped from more than 51,000 in June 2011 to about 38,500 in September of 2013.

TIMELINE: MU's past presidents and chancellors

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton retired Nov. 15. The next chancellor was announced Thursday. Starting in 1841, the chief administrator for MU was the university president. In 1963, the University of Missouri became a four-campus system, making the main administrator at MU the chancellor. Since the university’s inception, it has had 21 leaders.

CHART: Athletic and academic funding changes at MU

Data released Wednesday by USA Today and the Knight Commission on intercollegiate athletics revealed MU spending on athletes, especially football players, has increased since 2005. In 2011, the spending per football player had more than doubled, while the spending per student had increased only 3 percent.

FLOW CHART: How ACT scores determine MU admission

To be considered for admission to MU, applicants submit their ACT score, class rank and GPA in required core curriculum classes. If an applicant’s ACT score is a 24 or above and they have completed the required core classes, they are automatically admitted to MU. Applicants with ACT scores of 23 or below can still be accepted if they meet or exceed the class rank required by MU’s sliding scale.

MAP: SEC Championship travelers may encounter dangerous travel conditions

Those traveling to the Southeastern Conference Championship game in Atlanta may run into severe winter weather. The National Weather Service predicts snow, ice and rain along routes to Atlanta from Thursday through Sunday.
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