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This quantity summarizes a number medical views at the vital aim of accomplishing excessive academic criteria for all scholars. in accordance with a convention held on the request of the U.S. division of schooling, it addresses 3 questions: What development has been made in advancing the schooling of minority and deprived scholars because the historical Brown v. Board of schooling selection approximately 50 years in the past? What does examine say concerning the purposes of successes and screw ups? What are a few of the ideas and practices that carry the promise of manufacturing persevered advancements? the amount attracts at the conclusions of a few very important contemporary NRC studies, together with How humans examine, fighting examining problems in teenagers, desirous to study, and From Neurons to Neighborhoods, between others. It contains an summary of the convention shows and discussions, the views of the 2 co-moderators, and a suite of historical past papers on extra specific matters.

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Yet black and Hispanic students still are far more likely than whites to score at or below basic in reading and in other subject areas and far less likely to demonstrate proficient or advanced skill levels. Coming to grips with these findings requires that the following question be addressed: Will efforts to improve the quality of education for all students, even if successful, address the underrepresentation of minorities among high achievers, or the overrepresention of minorities among the lowest-achieving students?

By 1974, 30 percent of blacks were living in poverty, as were 9 percent of whites (National Research Council, 1989:277-279). Similarly, the percentage of black children living in poverty dropped dramatically, from 66 percent in 1960 to a still very high 42 percent in 1970. S. Bureau of the Census, 2001:25). S. Bureau of the Census, 2001:24). S. S. , in this volume:Figure 6). S. Bureau of the Census, 2001:26). It is clear that, despite improvements over time, black and Hispanic students still are far more likely than whites and Asians to come from low-income families.

Other children, such as those who are very active physically, may be at a disadvantage in school. One child’s parent may feel uncomfortable in school and stay away, while another child’s parent may feel more comfortable in school and may get involved. Thus, the preschool experiences of some children help them become better prepared for school than others. Children who are not well prepared when they start school often fail. , 1993) as a foundation for building their academic skills. Children at risk for school failure come from all kinds of families but disproportionately have low incomes and minority status.

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