What demographic factors might influence a student’s performance on an assessment? What are the cultural assumptions embedded in various kinds of assessments that may pose challenges for students from diverse backgrounds? There are many demographic factors that might influence a student’s performance on an assessment. If they all were to be listed that would comprise a long list. However, school systems only know so much about their student’s backgrounds. The common information schools has access to is what they collect which consists of the percentage of students with limited English proficiency, the percentage eligible for free and reduced-priced lunch, and the ethnic and racial composition of the student population. It is obvious that other factors play a large role as well. Students from the aforementioned poverty stricken families may come from families where there is a single mother or two working parents who are struggling to support the family. As well many times parents of these children do not have higher education or
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