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Back to school and to widening inequality [Commentary]
Back to school and to widening inequality [Commentary]

American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they're heading back to differ dramatically by family income. Which helps explain the growing achievement gap between lower- and higher-income children. Thirty years ago, the average gap on SAT-type tests between children of families in the richest 10 percent and poorest 10 percent was about 90 points on an 800-point scale. Today it's 125 points. The gap in the mathematical abilities of American kids, by income, is one of widest among the 65 countries participating in the Program for International Student Achievement. On their reading skills, children from high-income families score 110 points higher, on...

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