Socioeconomic Status And Economic Status

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Socioeconomic status plays a major role in the educational opportunity in the United States. It is distinct that higher status families are able to provide more educational opportunities for their children than lower status families. The socioeconomic status varies both within and across racial and ethnic groups. Thus, race and ethnicity which are frequently tied to socioeconomic class, which, in turn, affects educational opportunity in many ways such as parental behaviors, family structure, parents’ status occupation and teachers’ support. Differences in racial and ethnic groups in the United States receive different educational opportunity. According to the article “Racial/ethnic differences in high school students’ performance”, an average of 700,000 African Americans drop out of school every year. In the United States, the drop-out rate of African Americans in 1992 was 16% while only 12% of whites dropped out of school. Hispanics are about 2.5 times more likely to be two or more grades behind school than whites. However, Asian Americans qualify for admission to universities at a rate that is about three times higher than the average for whites. According to this data, African Americans seem least likely to graduate school and least likely to receive educational opportunity than other racial groups. On the other hand, Asian Americans are most likely to graduate school and to get educational opportunity. Asian Americans are also more likely to attend better colleges or
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