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Why Both Black (and White) Students Underperform in Predominantly Black Schools


It is called the "racial achievement gap," which refers to the educational disparities between various ethnic groups. It has been an area of concern by the U.S. Department of Education for years. So, they decided to do a study on the matter. The results were alarming.

Research results

Through the U.S. Department of Education, research results were recently released by the National Center For Education Statistics. The federal study showed that black and white students at schools where there was a large amount of black students perform worse than those at schools with fewer black students. Here are some of the highlights from the study:
  • White students attend schools that are 9 percent black while black students attend schools that are 48 percent black
  • In schools where black students represented more than 40 percent, achievement was lower for black and white students
  • Black males did worse than white males in schools with a high density of black students

This was the first time that the black-white achievement gap has been studied utilizing school composition (ratio of black and white students) factors. While researchers were quick to point out that there are many schools where African-American students and are excelling, black male student achievement is lower in schools with higher percentages of black students.

Many fear the study results show that education resources are not fairly distributed, and high-density black schools desperately need more access to technology, updated textbooks and qualified teachers.

Read more by visiting www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/09/24/study-finds-students-underperform-in-schools-with-large-black-populations

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