Why is There a Racial Achievement Gap?


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Sometimes the most racist aspects of a society are right there in front of you, but no one seems to notice.

Take the racial achievement gap.

It’s a term used to describe the fact that black and Latino students don’t do as well academically as white students.

Why does it even exist?

Why do students of color in the United States achieve less than their white peers?

They have worse grades, lower test scores, meager graduation rates and fewer achieve advanced degrees.

As of 2018, they had the lowest mean score of any racial group on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

And it’s been like that for more than half a century.

In 1964, a Department of Education report found that the average black high school senior scored below 87% of white seniors (in the 13 percentile). Fifty years later, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that…

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