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Summary: There's a problem in public education that no educator, researcher or lawmaker seems to be able to solve. In most urban school districts across the country, including the Austin Independent School District, black and Latino students don't perform as well on standardized tests as their white and Asian peers. In this podcast, KUT's Claire McInerny explores the reasons for this gap — and tells us how one man solved the problem, but it came at too high a price for some educators and parents.
Graham Elementary in Northeast Austin looks like many schools in the district: Its students are mostly Latino or black, more than half are learning English, and almost all of them come from low-income families. These are some of the major factors that contribute to an achievement gap. Like students in schools with similar demographics, Graham...
In most urban school districts across the country, black and Latino students don’t perform as well on standardized tests as their white and Asian peers. KUT’s Claire McInerny explores the reasons for this gap and looks at one teacher’s possible solution.