Does Segregation still matter? The Impact of student composition on academic achievement in high school.

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1. I chose this article based on my own personal experience. I grew up in two different high schools located in different parts of California. The first high school was in a lower status community whereas the other high school was in a suburb where much of the population was made up of middle to upper class citizens. In each high school I witnessed a large difference in the educational opportunities and expectations of the students.

segregation in our school system still continues in high school. From past to present of academic achievement for students, the researched gathered informs the public of inequality in social economical factors.

The questions that I hoped to answer upon reading this article are as follows:

2. During my search for an article I typed in the keyword inequality. I immediately skimmed through all of the articles and came across this particular one because of my experience with the educational system here in America.

3. The journal has provided the following questions as the bases of their research:

Does high school racial and SES segregation affect student achievement? More specifically, do various measures of the social composition of high schools affect student achievement above and beyond the individual effects of student background characteristics?

Can the compositional effects of student background characteristics be explained by school characteristics that can be altered through policies and reforms that do not require desegregation, or are they due to other factors that can only be altered through policies designed to integrate schools?

Does a school's social composition affect White and Black students similarly, or is one group impacted more that the other?

The debate that this article addresses is that a person's social status and location can affect the quality of education that a student receives. To be more specific,