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Victoria Schools Struggle To Help Poor, Minority Students

Jayden represents a larger problem in the Victoria school district: A wide gap exists between the educational achievement of minority students, most likely to be economically disadvantaged, and the rest of the student population. The gap also exists across Texas and the nation, but it is more pronounced in Victoria. Achievement gaps are a complicated issue, said Victoria Superintendent Robert Jaklich. “This is not just about white or minority students. It’s about all students,” Jaklich said. “In order to understand the achievement gaps we have, we need to take a look at the history of standardized testing in Texas.”