IQ estimates converted from 8th grade 2013 NAEP math and reading assessments by eligibility for the national school lunch program, a federally assisted meal program that provides “low-cost or free lunches to school children” from low-income households follow. The scores for both tests are on a 500 point scale, with a standard deviation of 37 on the math assessment and 34 on the reading assessment. In the subsequent table, these are converted into IQ estimates with a mean of 98–corresponding to the national average NAEP scores of 283.62 for math and 266.02 for reading–and a standard deviation of 15. The math and reading scores are weighted equally:
More Cathedral trolling here (or rather more bait for the purpose). If we apply the same logic here that gets applied by educational romantics about how giving kids more access to and expecting them to spend more time acquiring education will make them as smart as kids from leafy suburbs, the solution for Closing the Gap* becomes obvious–take away the poor urchins’ free lunches! Free food stigmatizes the children who receive it. Give a kid a lunch and he will be hand-to-mouth for his whole life, but force his family to provide provisions on their own and he will eat well forever!
* The social class gap, that is, which no one really cares about anymore. The privilege poor white kids from broken homes in rural West Virginia enjoy gives them a far greater leg up in life than oppressed coloreds with names like Malia and Sasha could ever hope for–that’s the nation’s primary disgrace!