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Dr. Andy Downs


Department of Political Science

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne


Education is an issue that affects us all. It is not something that you buy once and never use again, but rather an investment. It is something that no one can ever take away from you. Education allows for growth in all areas of life. Higher levels of education result in lower crime rates and boost the economy. If education is such a powerful force, then an opportunity for higher education should be granted to every citizen. The way that the United States attempts to achieve this is through thirteen years of elementary, middle, and high school education. However, this system has not always proved to afford the same opportunities to every student. Our country has had a long history of discrimination within education, from before Brown v. The Board of Education (1958), and continuing today. While courts and legislatures have tried to rectify overt discrimination it is clear that minority students still face a less transparent battle in equal educational success. This inequity can be seen at not only at a national level, but also at a local level here in Allen County. My research focuses on educational outcomes in the Fort Wayne Community, East Allen County, Southwest Allen County, and Northwest Allen County school districts. I have analyzed different testing measures of the students such as IRead3 scores, ISTEP+ scores, SAT and ACT scores, diploma types, graduation rates, and other indicators that will determine a student’s success in education after high school. The data sets are from 2007 to 2011 and include the most recent data. This analysis of college success indicators show that minority students within our area schools, while improving, are still not achieving at equitable achievement rates to their white counterparts. Moreover, Allen County students are not meeting benchmarks that are predictive of college success.


Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

Finding the Education Gap in Allen County