Could Students Be Graded Differently... Because of Race?

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A few states, most notably Virginia, are beginning to set different achievement standards for students depending on their race. Inequities in education may sound off warning bells, but educator Jen Marshall Duncan asks whether the varying standards might be a way to address the specific needs of demographic groups, and not a way of perpetuating disparities. Read what she has to say at empatheia:

What? How can that be right? What the heck is that all about? How can kids be graded based on race? What happened to civil rights? That's what the headline makes you think, but when you dig deeper and read the article, the issue gets extremely complex. What if grading based on race is not a violation of civil rights, but instead a guarantee that a student's civil rights are not violated?

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Read more from NCLB and Race-Based Grading at empatheia