Thursday, November 18, 2010
Race and high school seniors
A national education assessment just released shows that high school seniors have made some improvement in reading, but remain below the achievement levels reached nearly two decades ago. The scores also show that a stubborn achievement gap remains across racial and ethnic groups. There was no significant change in the score or gap in reading for black and or Hispanic students since 1992. White and Asian students both scored higher than they did in 2005. Asian students scored an average of 298 points in reading in 2009, higher than any other group. It was the first time since at least 1992 that a minority group outperformed white students on the test.