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Education Report Roundup

African-American Students

By Mary Ann Zehr — May 09, 2006 1 min read

African-American students attending middle or high school in West Virginia have a lower opinion of the quality of their schooling than white students, according to a survey of more than 2,931 students in the state.

“Through Different Lenses: West Virginia School Staff and Students React to School Climate” is posted by the Education Alliance.

Commissioned by the Charleston, W.Va.-based Education Alliance, the report found that African-American students rated their schools significantly lower than their white peers did in seven out of eight categories: academic expectations, instruction, coursetaking, counseling about education options, respect, mentoring and caring relationships, and fairness. Only in the area of student relationships were black students’ and white students’ responses comparable.

A version of this article appeared in the May 10, 2006 edition of Education Week

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