Geography and poverty determine educational outcomes more than ability. MUST READ: the new Schott Foundation report on educational redlining. Public education must redistribute opportunity and support so kids from economically-blighted areas (urban and rural) can have the same chances to achieve as well-fed, well-prepared kids. This means reaffirming public investment in public education. Unending tests and "ed reform"? Not so much.
A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City | The Schott Foundation for Public Education
In New York City public schools, a student’s educational outcomes and opportunity to learn are statistically more determined by where he or she lives than their abilities, according to A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City, released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education.