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School Data Review
Ronald Smith
Grand Canyon University
EDA 530
March 24, 2010

Demographics and FARMS Affect on Test Scores
      Somerset County Maryland is located on the southern tip of the eastern shore of Maryland.     It is a small county with approximately 25,000 people.   Even though it is a small county, one of the smallest in Maryland, it is very diverse. The school district is also very small. There are fewer than three thousand students attending the county’s five elementary schools, one middle school and two high schools.   The racial makeup of the county in 2000 was 56.4% White, 41.1%African America, 1.3 % Hispanic, 0.4%Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races(Wikimedia Somerset 2009).   I found some close similarities with students and the community demographics.   The Pacific Islander, Asian and Native American population is low just like it is in the county, in the school district it barely makes up even one percent of the population.   The Hispanic population in the district is a slight bit higher at five percent.   The Caucasian population makes up 48% of the schools while the African American population makes up a near 45% of schools.   There is almost a fifty/fifty split when it comes to the Caucasian and African American population not only in the schools, but also in the county.   Looking on Somerset County’s’ Wikepidia.org site it shows that 20.1 % of the population of Somerset County is below the poverty line.   This is much lower then the students they send to our schools because the percentage of FARM students in elementary are 61%, middle 60%, and high school 48 %( Somerset 2009).   The poverty line in the community is much higher then the FARM students that attend our schools, but demographically the student body in our schools closely relates to the community that it is located in.
      Looking into the state demographics I have noticed...

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