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Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

De facto segregation

Public schools are about 52 percent white, 16 percent black, and 24 percent Hispanic. (Hispanic students get counted as Hispanic no matter what their race.) If students were assigned to school completely evenly, all white students would be in schools that … Continue reading

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Race: Who goes to school where

We all know that America remains significantly segregated by race. Still, I was surprised by the most recent School and Staffing Survey results. As an initial benchmark, 56 percent of public school students are white (non-Hispanic)–a bit more than half. … Continue reading

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Disabilities by race

There are large differences in disabilities–or at least in disabilities treated in school–between black and white students. I don’t know if this is because students come to school with different disabilities, or if it is because the education system treats … Continue reading

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  1. Andrew Sabisky says:

    If the mean black American IQ is (best estimate based on a century’s worth of data) around 85, as compared to a mean white American IQ of 100, then if IQ is normally distributed (which it is), you will see a far greater percentage of blacks than whites in the range of IQs 75 or below, at which point we are close to the typical boundary for mild mental retardation. Typically criminals with IQs below 70 cannot be executed in the USA, I believe.

    That parsimoniously explains the greater diagnostic rates for blacks when it comes to “Intellectual disability”. It simply a consequence of the normal distribution of cognitive ability, because there are significant differences in the group means.

    No idea about the “emotional disturbance” bit, though.

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Race and ethnicity: the times they ain’t a changing no more

If you look backwards, you’ll see that America’s school children are more likely to be Hispanic and less likely to be white. Interestingly, if you look ahead–at least according to the government’s projections–it looks like there won’t be much further … Continue reading

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Education majors, teachers, and race

America has a much higher proportion of minority students than it does minority teachers. I’ve taken a look at one particular part of this issue: are minority students who major in education less likely than white students to become teachers? (A … Continue reading

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Praxis by race

You may know that black teacher candidates have a lower rate of passing teacher licensure exams than do white teacher candidates. An ETS report documents that the gap. Here’s the key table from the report.The important observation is that the … Continue reading

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Ability, Schooling, and Race

Kevin Lang and Michael Manove offer very interesting evidence about the links between ability, education, and race in their new American Economic Review article Education and Labor Market Discrimination. My personal excitement about the article comes from the mathematical theory Lang … Continue reading

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  1. Amanda Sozak says:

    I think this is a pretty eye opening test. I have a number of different levels of education in my office, as well as races, and would be intrigued if we can see some similarities if we take some of these tests and gauge our scores. Question, though. When I Google the test I find sites like http://asvabpracticetestonline.com – are these fairly accurate to the actual test?

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