Must-Read: How School Choice Helps Black Students

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Numbers don’t lie, and Washington Examiner columnist Jason Russell has laid out some numbers demonstrating the superior quality of education that charter schools give to students in the black community.

It’s a must-read for people who want a data driven argument for how and why school choice works.

Here’s a quick preview:

Traditional public schools fail black students in many ways. For example, look at the portion of black fourth-graders proficient in reading: just 16 percent nationwide. More than twice as many white and Asian students are proficient.

In math, it’s the same story: 17 percent of black students are proficient, with 41 percent of white and Asian students proficient. Sadly, these numbers deteriorate by the time students get to eighth grade.

Prefaced by those numbers, it will come as no surprise that most black students are not ready for college. Only 15 percent of the black students who took the SAT in the class of 2014 scored high enough to reach the college and career readiness benchmark. On the ACT, only 11 percent of black students were college-ready in three out of four benchmark areas.

So there’s the problem. Now see why school choice provides the most effective solution to under-education in minority communities in the full column here.