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Wednesday, April 26 • 11:15am - 11:35am
Difference In Achievement: An Analysis Of North Carolina’s Educational Inequalities

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The United States provides, by mandate, primary and secondary education for all citizens. The mandate does not require this education to be of equal quality everywhere however. Some locations and communities receive significantly better quality of education than others. Previous research on this disparity have largely focused on national trends. While informing the discussion on national programs is essential, states are also given considerable autonomy with their education plans and policies. The current research seeks to provide a state-specific case study of the differential outcomes in education in North Carolina. Data collected by North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction are analyzed using descriptive statistics and bivariate correlation on the district level. Preliminary analyses suggest that North Carolina has systemic inequalities in educational achievement based on a variety of factors. This research gives special consideration to the effect of location on performance, defining districts as rural, urban or suburban. This study can be used to assist policy makers in understanding contemporary inequalities in state-wide education.


Wednesday April 26, 2017 11:15am - 11:35am
236 Zageir Hall