The Achievement Gap: Why African-American Students Lag Behind Essay by tmonique80

The Achievement Gap: Why African-American Students Lag Behind
A study done to find the factors associated with why African-American students achieve less academically than their white counterparts.
# 11167 | 2,361 words | 18 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 24, 2002 in Education (Theory) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper looks at the factors that may cause African-American students to receive lower test scores or grades than white students. Factors include genetics, stigmatization, peer influence, teachers' expectations, test bias, and television. The author includes a possible hypothesis for further study.

From the Paper:

"Ferguson (2001) further analyzed a possible correlation between the number of hours spent in front of the television and student performance, a theory distinct from other hypotheses. He found that black students watched more television than whites, and the black/white ratio for the number of hours watched on school nights is almost 2-to-1 for females (Ferguson, 2001). Collectively, black students did report lower homework completion rates than white students who report the same amount of time doing homework. However, when a test was conducted to determine whether watching television might cause the lower homework completion rate, the results showed that the estimated effect of television watching was so small as to be completely inconsequential."

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