And the best urban school district in the country is ...
... Gwinnett County, Georgia.
It's the winner of this year's Broad Prize for Urban Education. According to a press release, here are some of the reasons why:
* Outperformed similar districts in Georgia. In 2009, Gwinnett County outperformed other
districts in Georgia that serve students with similar family income levels in reading and math at
all school levels (elementary, middle and high school).
* Narrowed achievement gaps. In 2009, achievement gaps between African-American and white
students in Gwinnett County were among the smallest in Georgia in reading at all school levels
and in elementary and middle school math. In addition, between 2006 and 2009, Gwinnett
County narrowed achievement gaps between its Hispanic students and the state’s white students
in reading at all school levels and in middle and high school math.
* Achieved high SAT, ACT, AP participation rates. Between 2006 and 2009, participation rates
rose for Gwinnett County’s African-American and Hispanic students taking the SAT, ACT and
Advanced Placement exams.
* More students performed at advanced levels. In 2009, a greater percentage of Gwinnett
County’s African-American, Hispanic and low-income students performed at the highest
achievement levels on the state reading and math assessments at all school levels compared with
their counterparts statewide.
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