The Hechinger Report and The Atlantic have unveiled stats pointing to yet another way students attending schools in low-income districts are left behind. It's no secret that families who can't pay to be in the best schools districts are left behind geographically, leaving poor communities in their wake.
Today's articles describe yet another burden children, who are stuck in areas with poorer schools, face. The Hechinger Report explains:
"...wealthier students have an advantage over lower-income ones: Those enrolled in private and suburban public high schools are being awarded higher grades — critical in the competition for college admission — than their urban public school counterparts with no less talent or potential, new research shows."
It’s not that those students have been getting smarter. Even as their grades were rising, their scores on the SAT college-entrance exam went down, not up. Nor are those in some schools more intelligent than those in others."
Read more about hardworking, bright students with GPAs that can't compete below, and consider the ways in which we, as Americans, can even the playing field. Want to hear our ideas? Effective Ed is ready to color outside district lines.