Journal Article: Achievement disparities between minority and nonminority students in suburban schools


Racial and Ethnic Differences, Reading Achievement, Spelling, Suburban Environments, Blacks, Elementary School Students, Hispanics, Junior High School Students, Whites


Levine, Daniel U.; Eubanks, Eugene E.


1990, Spr


National data show that in 1986, African-American (AA) and Hispanic (HS) 13-yr-old students with college-educated parents had average reading proficiency scores 16 and 13 points (respectively) below the average for comparable White students. Reading and spelling performance data for 5th-8th graders at a suburban school show that in 1988, AAs were near or above the national norm in spelling but were clearly below the national norm in reading comprehension. Data on AAs' performance in southern suburban schools also point to low achievement in comprehension and other higher order skills. A similar pattern was found for HSs. Remedies are suggested for addressing low achievement among minority students. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA )


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