A new report out today says South Carolina school children are behind their peers in other states, especially black and Latin students. The Race for Results report comes from the Annie E. Casey foundation, an organization that aims to help disadvantaged kids.
"I really think it's important to focus on not only how well kids are doing, but the impact that race continues to have on their long-term success," says Laura Speer, associate director of policy reform and advocacy at the foundation.
She says national demographics are changing. For instance, white children are expected to be in the minority by 2018.
"Our future prosperity and our local competitiveness is really gonna hinge on the success of kids of color," she says.
But, the report say there's work to be done if that prosperity is to happen, because southeastern states, are falling behind other states in academics. In fact, in South Carolina, the report shows black and Latin kids are less proficient in math and reading.
Educators say part of the reason is poverty.
"Sometimes our students come from poverty inner-schools, with a limited vocabulary or lacking skills or concepts that other students may have already grasped," says Marion Intermediate Principal Shalah Sweeney.
The report authors hope schools use the new data to try to close that achievement gap.
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