Performance gap widens between Chicago’s black and white students, wealth and class a factor
Newly released data shows that the performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students continues to widen. The performance gap is tied to socioeconomic income, with wealthier classmates outperforming poorer students.
Black Chicago Public Schools students fell further behind whites in three of four key measures, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation’s Report Card.
And students who qualify for free school lunches — traditionally a measure of poverty — also fell behind in three of the four tests of grade- and middle-school kids’ ability in reading and math.
The gap in fourth grade math test scores between black and white students widened to 40 points, the largest since the study started in 2003. The average major U.S. city has a 31-point gap.
Roughly 8,000 CPS students participated in the bi-annual test.
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