Earlier this year, Care2′s Kristina Chew wrote about the widening gap between rich and poor students in schools across the U.S. over the past few decades and how, as a result, the gap in standardized test scores between affluent and low-income students has grown by 40 percent since the 1960′s.
Now comes a report that demonstrates exactly how this works. If you thought that children receive different educational advantages, depending on where they live, you are absolutely correct.
Wealth Has Outsized Effect On Education
24/7 Wall St. analyzed Census data from 2006 through 2010 for more than 10,000 unified school districts in the United States. (There are over 14,000 in total.) To illustrate the influence wealth and poverty have on educational attainment, 24/7 Wall St. examined the wealthiest and poorest public school districts in the country. Here’s what they found:
Wealth appears to have an outsized effect on education at the local level. Residents that live in wealthy school districts have among the best schools in the nation based on graduation rates, test scores and independent ratings of academic success. Children who attend these schools are more likely to earn a college degree than the national average.
Nearly all of the wealthiest school districts are within a short distance of one of the richest cities in the country. Other than one suburb of Portland, Ore., all of the wealthiest school districts are commuter towns of New York City, located in either Fairfield County, Conn., or Westchester County, N.Y. The poorest districts are rural communities scattered all over the country, from Ohio and Kentucky to Texas and Mississippi.
How does this have an impact on schools?
10 Richest And 10 Poorest School Districts
Here’s the list of the 10 richest school districts; you’ll see that all but one are in the states of New York and Connecticut:
1. Scarsdale Union Free School District, New York
2. Weston School District, Connecticut
3. Riverdale School District, Oregon
4. Chappaqua Central School District, New York
5. Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District, New York
6. Byram Hill Central School District, New York
7. Edgemont Union Free School District, New York
8. New Canaan School District, Connecticut
9. Bronxville Union Free School District, New York
10.Darien School District, Connecticut
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