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Ethiopian students score better than African-Americans

New data from Seattle, US public schools show that the district’s black students whose first language is English far significantly worse academically than black students from immigrant or refugee households, Seattle times reported. Black students who speak Amharic (Ethiopia’s official language) at home posted the most impressive scores: of those not enrolled in Seattle’s English Learners Program, 62 percent passed a state math test, while 74 percent passed the reading test. By contrast, African-Americans passed at rates of 36 percent for math and 56 percent for reading, the report said. Even students whose families hail from war torn Somalia appear to outshine their African-American peers in Seattle’s district schools. Students who speak Somali at home passed the state math exam at a 47 percent clip, while 67 percent passed the reading test, it added. (The Ethiopian Herald)