[When one delves beneath state-wide achievement scores] what emerge are two fundamentally different educational systems.
One, the predominantly white, well-to-do and suburban system, performs at relatively high levels, graduating and sending on to higher education most of its students. The other, the overwhelmingly black, Latino, and poor urban system, struggles to achieve basic literacy and numeracy for its students, to close pernicious achievement gaps, and to graduate a representative share of its students.Five years ago Derrell Bradford, who now serves as Executive Director of Better Education for Kids, a school choice advocacy organization, wrote an editiorial in the Star-Ledger:about the (now defunct) Special Review Assessment, an alternative high school degree qualifying exam overly used by poor urban districts because so many of their students couldn't pass the more rigorous (if still middle school level) standard High School Proficiency Assessment:
We have argued that New Jersey has two education systems. One you attend if you are white and live in an affluent suburb, and one you attend if you are poor, minority, and live in a city.Same sentiment, right? It's heartening that, at least once in a while, we're all on the same page.
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