Where Poor Students Are Top of the Class

U.S. News 

Using school-level data on the number of students who qualify for free- and reduced-priced lunch – a metric used to estimate the number of poor students in a school – and results from state proficiency tests and the most recent National Assessments of Educational Progress, the researchers pinpointed 500 schools in those cities, or about 4 percent of all schools included in the analysis, where the average low-income student performance exceeded the national average of non-low-income students – or, said another way, schools where low-income students beat the odds and outperform their wealthier peers.