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TV and the achievement gap

Tv_533 Black kids watch more TV than white kids. A lot more.

According to a recent study by the Educational Testing Service, 57 percent of black eighth graders watched four hours or more of TV on an average weekday, compared to 20 percent of white eighth graders.

The ETS study looked at 15 other factors in the achievement gap, both in school and out. Before you go blaming the parents for everything, consider the study also found minority students were more likely to be shortchanged in school, including having larger class sizes than their white peers.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter (NY Times photo)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:23am]


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