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Document Number: 6184

Fact or Fiction: Data Tell the True Story Behind America’s Urban School Districts - This report examines multiple indicators in 25 of the largest urban school districts in the United States to provide a deeper understanding of school and district performance. The report discusses the challenges facing urban districts and its findings refute several common myths regarding urban education: (1) urban districts spend more than other districts; (2) academic performance in urban districts is not improving; (3) low test scores, graduation rates and college attendance rates are primarily an urban, minority problem; and (4) urban schools do little to help students learn. (Standard & Poor’s, May 2005)...

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