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Low-income students attending college, assessments

#1: Why do you think more students from low-income communities do not attend college?

#2: Two teachers examine the performance of the two scholars listed below. Assessment #2 was more rigorous than Assessment #1 and was an extension of the same skill set required for Assessment #1.

The two teachers discuss the scholars' performance to date and want to assign the following grades for the first progress report.

Teacher X wants to average the grades giving Scholar A a 50% and Scholar B a 75%.
Teacher Y wants to weigh Assessment #2 more than Assessment #1. This teacher gives Scholar A a 90% and Scholar B a 70%.

Assessment #1 Assessment #2
Scholar A 1 out of 10 9 out of 10
Scholar B 8 out of 10 7 out of 10

How would you assess these scholars? Do you lean more towards Teacher X or Teacher Y? What factors influence your decisions when you report scholars' progress?

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#1: There are a number of possible reasons, from financial to developmental to social. First, the low-income communities do not have the resources to pay the tuition, board and fees. So, while they may or may not have the same proportion of academic talent as other communities, they cannot afford to develop that talent. Some will find scholarships but even those require resources to find and apply and those in low income areas are least likely to be informed about these opportunities.

Second, students in low income communities are least likely to get the best nutrition, medical care, clean water, clean air, tutoring, nursery schools, pre-k program and private schooling. In other words, the physical needs that would optimize their brain development and study skills are likely to be weaker.

Third, they are more likely to have one parent households with that parent working and absent and less likely to have a parent with a college degree. So, they are left alone more and may not be read to every night like a two-parent family. They may have childcare responsibility or other home ...

Solution Summary

Your discussion is 726 words and gives three main reasons that low income communities do not send students to college as often. The comments support taking the high scores and why. The two main issues in the scholar assessments are identified and explained.