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.
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.
Vol. 25, Issue 36, Page 16Published in Print: May 10, 2006, as African-American Students