sub·​group | \ ˈsəb-ˌgrüp How to pronounce subgroup (audio) \

Definition of subgroup

1 : a subordinate group whose members usually share some common differential quality
2 : a subset of a mathematical group that is itself a group

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Math scores are down significantly among all racial subgroups since 2011, but students of color have fallen farther than whites. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "St. Paul schools superintendent calls for monthly meetings, strategy on racial equity," 20 Aug. 2019 The remaining 30 percent is based on how well schools are closing gaps among various subgroups of students, such as those from low-income families, in special education programs or from various racial backgrounds. By Eva-marie Ayala Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Texas schools receive new A-F grades — see how yours rated," 15 Aug. 2019 The only other subgroup to show large changes on the CMAS was students who didn’t report their race, which included fewer than 50 kids in 2019. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "CMAS test scores increase slightly in Colorado, but gaps remain," 15 Aug. 2019 The subgroup will have seven members — two representatives each from small, medium and large districts, and the state superintendent or her designee. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The only school board member who opposed dissolving the Palmyra-Eagle district has resigned," 13 Aug. 2019 The margin of error is approximately 1.5 percentage points (but larger for subgroups of Democrats). Kabir Khanna, CBS News, "Analysis: How financially concerned and comfortable Democrats differ on economy and 2020 candidates," 25 July 2019 Google workers are active on internal forums for subgroups representing a wide range of passions, ethnicities and lifestyles. Greg Bensinger, Washington Post, "Google says only talk about work at work—and definitely no politics," 24 Aug. 2019 Long a crucial part of winning Democratic coalitions, black women vote often — in 2008 and 2012, the turnout rate for eligible black women voters was about 7 in 10, higher than any other race or gender subgroup — and reliably Democratic. Los Angeles Times, "Feeling marginalized by the California Democratic Party, black women push for more clout," 2 Aug. 2019 The group included participation from at least 75 people and featured five subgroups. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood bond advisory group sees need for many projects," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of subgroup

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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