Skip to comments.Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Be Far Lower Than Expected
Posted on 11/09/2010 10:24:07 AM PST by lbryce
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.
Although the outlines of the problem and many specifics have been previously reported, the group hopes that including so much of what it calls jaw-dropping data in one place will spark a new sense of national urgency.
What this clearly shows is that black males who are not eligible for free and reduced-price lunch are doing no better than white males who are poor, said Michael Casserly, executive director of the council.
The report shows that black boys on average fall behind from their earliest years.
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(whisper)shhh:It's because of the white man, don't you know,
The last 25 years they have done everything they could to make all kids, whites too, as stupid as possible.
W’s fault. W’s da MAN.
Welp, it must be genetic then.
None dare speak the truth
Single-Parent Family = Inferior Academic Performance
Simple. The black hip-hop culture has a hostile attitude towards education. Uncool to be “actin’ white”.
Where’s the “That’s Racist” kid?
This is news to be breathlessly pronounced by the NY Times as a shocking new discovery? This has been documented billions of times. As far back as The Bell Curve they dissected IQ scores and school performance. IIRC, the poorest quintile of whites outperformed the wealthiest quintile of blacks by one standard deviation. Check my numbers, but they won’t be far off.
It's an 'ambition gap', studying isn't 'keepin' it real.'
Score!!! Round-Up couldn’t kill all the weed in that boy’s body.
That’s part of the problem. If the truth were spoken, you would be called a racist.
38% is nothing to write home about either.
Fairness demands that we stop educating white boys until the coloreds catch up. Oh, I see, you’re already doing that. Splendid! Carry on!
It’s because the testing is administered in white English.....check out some of the crime shows, and you’ll see all the subtitles which are needed for understanding the lingo being spoken in ‘The Community’.
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