Data: You Don't Have A Geek To Get It.
I am in data geek heaven. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Science Foundation all have easy to use tools to access data. Well ok maybe they aren't really easy to use; but they aren't hard either. With these tools you can break out their data by gender and by race/ethnicity. And they have a number of other variables you can use to slice and dice the data including age and level of education.
In the midst of all this good news, I have a piece of bad data news. It's the College Board. This week I was curious as to changes in the numbers and percentages of girls interested in going into the sciences so I went to my trusty source, the College Boards Annual Profile of College Bound Seniors. For the first time in at least ten years, the information on intended college major is not broken out by sex. While the federal government is moving forward allowing use to look at gender and race/ethnicity; the College Board is moving backwards and not allowing us to look at either when it comes to college majors. Please folks give us back the gender breakdown and if we are really nice maybe you could give it to us gender by race/ethnicity.