Feds: Achievement Gap Closing

See this Washington Post article. And this ought to make some folks very happy.

Apparently, little-known statistics from the U.S. Dept. of Education just released say that black high school students are beginning to narrow the achievement gap with their white counterparts.

“The study of the transcripts of 2005 high school graduates found that 52 percent of the black graduates had completed a four-year curriculum of at least “mid-level” difficulty. For their white counterparts that year, the rate was 51 percent — a one percentage point difference that experts said was statistically insignificant,” the article says.

Maybe it’s me, but I think that’s incredible news. I wonder if Dr. Zhang has similar statistics for GCS? It would be interesting to see.

E.C. 🙂

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2 Responses

  1. I am highly disappointed with WaPo article. Though they found a way to actually list some good things about black students, they just had to seal the deal and let it beknown that blacks really couldn’t be as smart as we thought. Of course the curriculum had to be dumbed down and given a higher sounding name. What kind of crap is a class listed as calculus but algebra is being thought? I guess we couldn’t have phathom this when white kids or asian kids were listed as top achievers, but as soon as the black kids step up oh they must be taking easy courses. If you really think that article was a positive article, than I think blacks aren’t the only ones who took dumbed down courses. Then again this is WaPo we are talking about, so I shouldn’t really expect much. Maybe they should do an article about how majority of the so called good schools have shifted their focus to assisting their students in passing standardized tests instead of understanding the universal basics.

  2. You’re right, because that’s exactly what our schools have become, Bianca; they’ve become data mining warehouses for test taking strategies. There’s no curriculum anymore. And it’s sad. I posted it because there are still many who say there is an “achievement gap.” We need to get beyond color and start educating our children…all of our children, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, etc.

    E.C. 🙂

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