Tri-county education supporters release study highlighting racial achievement gap


CHARLESTON, BERKELEY, DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC — The Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative released a new report that outlines the education issues among the students in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.

The study examined students from kindergarten through high school. It evaluated their math, reading, and writing skills.

The study found that within the last year, the achievement gap between White students and minority students has grown, leaving the minorities behind.

Anita Zucker, one of the leaders with the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative says the group can provide volunteers to help in schools that need it.

“We need to post opportunities for our schools that need help. Our schools have to be willing to say what kind of help they’d like and what kind of help they need,” Zucker said.

One portion of the study shows school suspensions could contribute to 1/5 of the achievement gap between black and white students.

The CEO of the collaborative, John Reed, says the report provides proof that there are problems with the education system. He says now is a good time to fix them.

“We can take that energy that came from the massacre at Mother Emanuel and pull it into constructive, collaborative work to make this system work well for all of our children,” said Reed.

To find more information about the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, visit here.

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