Feds: Poverty ‘poses a serious challenge’ to American education

New information from the federal government is the latest to show tremendous gaps in college attainment between socioeconomic and ethnic groups, the Huffington Post reports. A new study from the National Center for Education Statistics, the research arm of the U.S. Education Department, analyzed gaps in access and persistence across gender and racial lines as mandated by Congress. The report, released Tuesday, shows that postsecondary attendance is lower among youth from lower socioeconomic backgrounds as well as those from Black and Hispanic backgrounds compared to Whites and Asians. The study also showed that more females were enrolled in undergraduate or graduate study than males…

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