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America’s educational system is an ‘aristocracy posing as a meritocracy’

Education is often sold as a great equalizer, but new research suggests it’s actually reinforcing inequality.

Roughly 30% of low-income kindergartners with high test scores wind up getting a college education and a decent-paying entry-level job, according to a study released Wednesday by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. On the other hand, kindergartners who come from families in the highest-income households and have low test scores have a 70% chance of reaching the same education and job level.

The study’s findings provide insight into a very basic question, according to Anthony Carnevale, the director of the Georgetown center and one of the authors of the report.

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