Statistics indicate that urban schools perform very poorly on national tests. In fact, if one takes a composite look at test results, one will note that DC, New York, and Boston all perform collectively far worse than the national average on various standardized tests.
It is data that has created a “big city, bad schools” association for our citizenry.
However, a more in-depth analysis of the performances of urban schools reveals that some big cities school districts actually exceed the national average provided like-student populations are compared. Two of the most criticized nationally, Boston and New York, actually do a better job with the student population they have been given than does the rest of the country as a whole.
On the other hand, DC appears deserving of the “big city, bad school” label.
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