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  • According to the co-author of Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and working with Fryer, he produced a statistical analysis of the gap in test scores between first-grade African American and Caucasian students. While big, it is entirely explainable by differences in factors such as family poverty and the number of books in these kids' homes. Later on, the achievement gap widens beyond what can be explained purely by poverty. It's at this point that "acting white" become a social/cultural factor impacting student achievement.
  • In the fall of 2002, the National Council of Economic Education surveyed all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine the extent to which economics and personal finance were taught. Their conclusion was that, as a result of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, fewer states address economic and financial competency in their educational programs.
  • According to the co-author of Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and working with Fryer, he produced a statistical analysis of the gap in test scores between first-grade African American and Caucasian students. While big, it is entirely explainable by differences in factors such as family poverty and the number of books in these kids' homes. Later on, the achievement gap widens beyond what can be explained purely by poverty. It's at this point that "acting white" become a social/cultural factor impacting student achievement. 
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