Another frustrating measure of the impact of poverty (personal and community-wide), transiency, and limited English language skills. This is very much why the current educational structure of our schools no longer works (hasn't since the 1970s) and must be redesigned to provide grade-less, competency-based, 4Cs learning so all students can eventually attain a high level of learning in areas THEY are interested in, that will help them pursue THEIR dreams for THEIR futures.
We’ve long known of the persistent and troublesome academic gap between white students and their black and Hispanic peers in public schools.
We’ve long understood the primary reason, too: A higher proportion of black and Hispanic children come from poor families. A new analysis of reading and math test score data from across the country confirms just how much socioeconomic conditions matter.
Children in the school districts with the highest concentrations of poverty score an average of more than four grade levels below children in the richest districts.
Even more sobering, the analysis shows that the largest gaps between white children and their minority classmates emerge in some of the wealthiest communities...Yet our state legislatures in Michigan and every other state continue to drag their feet by underfunding public schools while providing business tax cuts and shelters for the wealthy. They also fail to remedy the inequity of school funding and in many instances, school districts in wealthy communities receive higher levels of per-pupil state funding than in poor districts. And most poor communities cannot provide the bonding levels necessary to improve or replace aging school structures so kids often attend school in the worst conditions.
|New York Times: Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares|
A comparison of 6th graders in every U.S. school district. (click to enlarge)
I'm honest enough to show you where our school district stands as far as our 6th graders are concerned, and I've documented relentlessly the past eight years why that's so, much of it on this blog site.
Where does your district fall in the ranking and why? Follow the link to find out.