Thursday, October 8, 2015

New University of Washington Report Studies Educational Opportunities in Fifty U.S. Cities

Crpe-measuring-up-coverResearchers at the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) released “Measuring Up: Educational Improvement and Opportunity in 50 Cities, a study that assessed cities across the U.S. including district- and charter-run public schools. The study examine how well each city’s schools are doing overall and how well they are doing for students from low-income households and students of color, who now make up the majority of America’s public school students nationwide. CRPE reports the following national findings:

  • Performance in most cities is flat, with limited proficiency gains and large shares of schools stuck in the bottom 5 percent of schools in their state.
  • Students from low-income households and students of color face staggering academic inequities, with limited access to high-performing schools and college preparatory experiences.
  • Across the 50 cities, white students were four times more likely than black students to enroll in a top-scoring elementary or middle school.
  • Black students were twice as likely to receive out-of-school suspensions as white students.
  • Less than 15 percent of all high school students took the ACT/SAT in 30 of the 50 cities.
  • Less than 10 percent of all high school students took advanced math classes each year in 32 of the 50 cities.

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