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Affluent Schools Are Not Always the Best Schools


by Sean F. Reardon
The Chicago Public Schools are more successful than they are given credit for. In 3rd grade, where our test-score data begin, the average student in Chicago scores below a 2nd-grade level, as shown in the accompanying chart. This figure highlights the relationship between how rich a district …
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What Explains White-Black Differences in Average Test Scores?


by Sean F. Reardon
Racial and ethnic disparities in children’s academic performance are a stubborn feature of the American educational landscape. Though these gaps are substantially smaller than they were 40 years ago, they remain quite large: the difference in standardized test scores between White and Black …