In a story for Florida Center for Investigative Reporting , the authors explore how Florida schools are failing to prepare graduates for college and use some convincing data to back it up.
The main discussion of the article is the need for remedial courses for students before they enroll in college. The need for these remedial courses stems from the lacking abilities in math, writing, and reading when students graduate high school.
Most of the data in this story is statistics about students. One piece of data found that over half of Florida high school graduates who took a college placement test in the 2010-2011 school year found out that they had to take a remedial course to gain basic skills before enrolling in college, 54 percent to be exact.
Research also showed that students who take remedial classes are less likely to graduate college than those who arrive ready for college course work.
One of the sources of data for this report was the 2011 Florida College System Readiness report using 2009-2010 data.
Another data source was the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability. This research office found that Florida's attempts to improve K-12 education had not improved college readiness.
The computer skills that the reporter of this article might need include understanding statistics and being able to implement into a story so that they make sense with the words.
The reporter might also want to have the ability to find statistics in the event that they are only given raw numbers.
There were no interactive graphics used in this story, which may have helped the reader understand the statistics and information.