Snapshot 64

Explaining the Black-White Achievement Gap in the Context of Family, Neighborhood, and School
FPG Child Development Institute
December, 2011

In the United States, Black children start school behind their White peers on standardized reading and mathematics tests, and racial disparities in achievement increase during each subsequent year of primary and secondary education. To formulate an appropriate policy response to this enduring problem, a careful and comprehensive understanding of the factors that contribute to the achievement gap is needed.

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Citation: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. (2011, December). Explaining the black-white achievement gap in the context of family, neighborhood, and school (Snapshot No. 64). Chapel Hill, NC: Author.