Parents Can Make A Difference
While the root causes of
the achievement gap that exist between minority and
white students is debatable, what's not debatable is
that minority children continue to fall farther and
farther behind abandoned by a system that views them as
unsalvageable. When parents ask for help, teachers and
administrators quickly offer testing to pinpoint
learning difficulties. What administrator's fail
to consider, and parents may or may not be equipped to
understand, is that the very words used to evaluate
these children condemn them to a sentence of being
labeled as learning disabled when in fact they simply
don't understand what they are being asked to do because
they don't know the meanings of the words being used.
That may sound overly simplistic but it is very often
the source of the problem. So what's the solution?
Parent's have to take the time to become actively
involved in the process.
Teaching Inequality: How Poor and Minority Students are
Shortchanged on Teacher Quality:
A report out today from the Education Trust provides new
information on the impact of teacher quality on student
achievement and offers specific steps states should take to
remedy the persistent practice of denying the best teachers
to the children who need them the most.
(Click here for report)
Race and the Achievement
Using standardized tests to measure
achievement perpetuates a system of institutionalized racism
and lends the cloak of science to discriminatory practices.
A Classroom Crusade
wants to prove he can eliminate the achievement gap that
divides blacks and Hispanics from Asians and whites. His
stint in Maryland will put him to the test
By Darragh Johnson
Sunday, November 10, 2002; Page W22
Eric Smith is looking at the numbers--the
long skinny columns, the black squiggling type, the pages
after pages of test scores. He reads these numbers the way
others read novels, and in them he sees stories. He sees
drama. He sees conflict.
"Look at this!" he cries, stabbing at the
bottom few numbers--the dismal 28.8, the bleak 18.0, the
mortifying 14.5 that show hundreds of Anne Arundel County
students can barely read, write or do basic math.