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How Detroit Schools ‘Beat’ CMS – and Why That’s Not So Bad

When Stanford University’s Sean Reardon presented new data on race, class and academic achievement at an Education Writers Association conference last week, I wasn’t the only reporter whose eyes were fixed on a big dot in his scatter plot.

The size and placement hinted that one large school district had broken the pattern that plagues most of America, where black and Hispanic students trail their white counterparts.

But when a reporter asked the identity of the successful district, we realized we had been set up.