Role of Black/White Student Ratio: Declining Academics

Debra Viadero, Black-White Gap Widens Faster for High Achievers, Education Week (2008), (last visited November 18, 2008).

            Surprising new research suggests that children who stand to lose the most ground academically in the U.S. public school systems are the brightest African-American students.  One study suggests that the black/white student ratio plays an important role.  Schools with a higher percentage of African American students often lack funding, possess teachers with less experience, and their students have lower test scores overall.  Another factor that might play a significant role is the level of education African American parents have.  Studies continue to investigate how these and other factors influence student test scores.


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