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http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/08/letters-addressing-child-poverty-would-help-boost-sat-scores.html]

Published in USA Today
08/31/2009

To the editor



According to USA TODAY's article "SAT report shows diversity in students, scores," students from the highest income families outscored the lowest income group by 381 points. Family income is generally related to school achievement. Students from high-income families have huge advantages, including better living conditions and food, and more access to books (Life, Wednesday).



Studies show that a major reason some minority groups score low is low family income.



The United States has the highest percentage of child poverty among industrialized countries. When all students have the advantages students from higher-income families have, SAT scores will be much higher and differences among groups much smaller.

Stephen Krashen


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