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Low-Income Students in Texas Cities Achieve Highest Marks in New Study

A new study shows that low-income students in Texas cities lead the pack when it comes to comparisons with similar students in other cities. Study authors used test results from low-income students to create a measure called the Educational Equality Index to examine schools in the nation’s largest 300 cities.

The results indicate that low-income students in a small group of cities are getting more promising results in school. Eight of the top 10 are from Texas, including Brownsville, which received the highest mark. Other Texas cities in the index’s top 10 include McAllen, El Paso, Amarillo, Mesquite, Richardson, Pasadena, and Laredo.

Further study is required to determine why some cities and schools perform better with low-income students. Brownsville leaders mention the heavy presence of homegrown teachers and strong network of social services as two possible reasons for the city’s performance.

Read “New study reveals cities where low-income students are doing best” on the Hechinger Report Website.

October 30, 2017