Friday, November 12, 2010

Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Be Far Lower Than Expected

The New York Times
Published: November 9, 2010

An achievement gap separating black from white students has long been documented — a social divide extremely vexing to policy makers and the target of one blast of school reform after another.

But a new report focusing on black males suggests that the picture is even bleaker than generally known.

Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys, and only 12 percent of black eighth-grade boys are proficient in math, compared with 44 percent of white boys.

Poverty alone does not seem to explain the differences: poor white boys do just as well as African-American boys who do not live in poverty, measured by whether they qualify for subsidized school lunches.

The data was distilled from highly respected national math and reading tests, known as the National Assessment for Educational Progress, which are given to students in fourth and eighth grades, most recently in 2009. The report, “A Call for Change,” is to be released Tuesday by the Council of the Great City Schools, an advocacy group for urban public schools.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Let's quit worrying about the scores of blacks.
Let's be concerned about a failed public school system in many areas of the country that impacts whites, blacks (let's just say Americans).

Let's educate the educatable. Real life does not multitask job performance. We should quit dividing the country into colors and turn the country around by growing manufacturing, educating more science and technology-driven individuals.