Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Kentucky: Jefferson County Public Schools missed nearly half of the two-year goals for closing achievement gaps by race, income and disability

Chris Kenning:

Since 2002, each school in Kentucky has had to create plans and set goals for closing such academic performance gaps. In Jefferson County, the goals mirror those required by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Overall, African Americans and low-income students increased reading and math achievement between 2004 and 2006, and special-education students did so in math.

But the gaps did not always shrink because other students also made gains.

The elementary academic indexes for black and white students, for example, both rose, leaving black students still about 19 points behind whites on a scale on which 100 is considered proficient.

The gap between low-income and other students shrank from 23 points to 21.

"We still have an achievement gap issue, especially with African Americans, ECE (special education) and English as a Second Language students," said Ken Draut, director of planning.

St. Paul also faces achievement disparities in its public schools

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At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Nick Kasoff said...

Here in St. Louis, the gap is so great that the state will probably dissolve the school board in a meeting today. Of course, that might also have something to do with the fact that the geniuses who run the inner city schools are more interested in serving the unions than the kids. Meanwhile, out in the 'burbs, public schools offer a great education.

Nick Kasoff
Thug Report

 
At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is still a mystery as to why this gap persists. I recommend that billions more dollars be spent in order to figure out the problem. This achievement gap must be a result of institutuional racism or something. Please ignore the fact that asians who come here go to Harvard, Yale and the like. Please get your checkbooks out and prepare to have your kids bussed into inner city schools. Don't cpmplain about it either you racists. Only racist whites want "good schools" for their kids. There just needs to be more diversity and tolerance and lots more money, like I said above. Leave no child behind!

 

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