Achievement Gap in Texas Documents
written by Michael Marder
This 2010 PTEC Conference presentation discusses data, mainly from Texas, and mainly from high-stakes mathematics tests, that illustrate the very different educational outcomes for well-off and low-income students. A range of descriptive statistics that describe student performance within a single year is presented before longitudinal data is examined. Some of the questions addressed include:
- What are the grades at which low-income students fall behind the fastest?
- Do ethnic background and low income have independent effects on student outcomes?
- How do charter schools compare with ordinary public schools?
- Which students are disappearing from the school system, and when does it happen?
- Is the pressure of the accountability system having an effect on college readiness?
- Which are the high-performing schools and forward-looking educational policies that will increase, for example, the numbers of research physicists?
Averages and results for schools throughout Texas are presented.
- Download Achievement Gap in Texas.pdf – 6014kb Adobe PDF Document
Last Modified February 24, 2010