Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland, student demographics, student performance and achievement gap, minority students

Department

Geography

Abstract

The student demographics of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland have changed dramatically since 1970 resulting in a majority-minority de facto segregated school system. A major concern of MCPS is the student performance and achievement gap between students of different racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.

Using data available from MCSP the performance and achievement of MCPS high school students will be examined for differences between students attending high, medium or low poverty schools. Six high schools will be selected for examination, two for each of the three poverty categories. Primary focus will be to compare the performance and achievement of minority students and students receiving Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS) between the three poverty levels.

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