Racial Disparity in America's schools is an issue that has affected many different areas in society; from the economy and employment, to incarceration and housing. Lack of adequate education leads to a perpetuating cycle of low income jobs, poor housing conditions, higher rates of arrests, difficult situations regarding home life, which all directly affect future generations and their educational outlook. Despite its monumental impact, this problem has been almost unchanged since the Civil Rights era.

Early Childhood Education

Reading Comprehension

  • In Grades 3 through 8 in Asheville City Schools, 19.5% of black students, 77.2% of white students, and 42.9% of Hispanic students reached proficient or advanced reading levels (2012 - 13 School Year, NCPublicSchools.org).
  • 11.1% percent of black students in the eighth grade at Asheville Middle reached proficient or advanced reading levels (2012 - 13 School Year, NCPublicSchools.org).

Mathematical Proficiency

  • Just 19.9% of black students in Grades 3 through 8 in Asheville City Schools were considered as having a proficient understanding of mathematics. That's a decrease of 42.4% from the prior year (2012 - 13 School Year, NCPublicSchools.org).
  • 75.3% of white students in Grades 3 through 8 in Asheville City Schools were considered as having a proficient understanding of mathematics. That's a decrease of approximately 20% from the prior year (2012 - 13 School Year, NCPublicSchools.org).

Retention

Suspensions and Expulsions

Cohort Graduation Rate

  • Asheville High's cohort graduation rate for the 2012 - 13 school year was 72.6% for black students, 90.8% for white students, and 58.3% for Hispanic students (NCSchoolReportCard.org).
  • The state of North Carolina's cohort graduation rate for the 2012 - 13 school year was 70.1% for black students, 86.2% for white students, and 75.2% for Hispanic students (NCSchoolReportCard.org).