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Editorial: Dallas ISD Working to Close Achievement Gaps

Dallas ISD has a new plan to address black student achievement, which is persistently lower than that of white and Hispanic students. The district is working to get more students into pre-K by offering scholarships to hundreds of children, some who are in a student group that is unlikely to perform well on STAAR tests and some whose parents earn more than the income limit set by the state to qualify for free pre-K.

“The data points suggest the district is on the right track. Already, 50 scholarship students are enrolled, 30 of them black, the district says,” according to the editorial. The district’s 2018 STAAR results indicate that students who attended pre-K scored higher than the state average on 3rd-grade STAAR reading tests.

Read “Dallas ISD may have found the key to finally closing the achievement gap for black kids,” Dallas Morning News.

July 31, 2019