Two Americas News

There's a ton of things to unpack and debate in this article on education I grabbed out of the Syracuse paper. The piece reports the percentage of high school freshman that are "college or career ready" within 6 years, based on test scores.

Here's a table some statistics comparing two municipalities in Onondaga County, New York:
Skaneateles (Syracuse)

Median Family Income
$69,000 ($33,000)

Households in Poverty (%)
3% (27%)

White Residents (%)
99% (64%)

"College or Career Ready" Students
in Local Public School District (%)
79% (9%)

I'm not saying that correlation equals causation, or that standardized tests are incredibly useful. What I am saying, however, is that 79 is a much, much bigger number than 9.

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