If there is any one person to blame for this column, it would be Morrie Pongratz. OK, it would be me first and then Morrie Pongratz? Why, you ask?
Well until I met Morrie, I was never really a data person. If you haven’t heard the story, I graduated from college a semester late for putting off math because, well, I’m a speech major, need I say more?
However the newest youth data has been released and at some point during this week, I will be pouring over it in scant amounts of free time in between events.
On Monday, I attended a state meeting about the newest release of data and I’m so excited. Sad huh?
Well, the good news is a data release refreshes organizations that create the documents, which receive funding that makes programs happen locally.
I’m sure I will bore you over the next several weeks with data about different topics from the Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey, but for now, let’s take a gander at some statewide data.
It sounds unimportant when compared to more serious topics, but what do you think is the number of high school students that rarely, or never wear a bicycle helmet? That number self-reported by students is 83.2 percent. I think of the other things that go along with something that at face value seems simplistic.