But you will make them feel bad if you tell the truth

Posted: April 21, 2008 in Education
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Official apologizes for black student meeting on test scores

The Associated Press

RIO LINDA, Calif.—A Sacramento area school official has issued an apology after an elementary school principal summoned black students to a meeting to urge them to improve their test scores.

Gloria Hernandez, educational services director for the Rio Linda School District, said Friday that the district offered “sincere apologies to all students and families who were offended” by principal Jana Fields’ decision to convene a meeting of fourth, fifth and sixth grade black students to discuss their test scores.

One parent, Marie Townsend, says Fields should have met with all students, regardless of race, who were performing poorly on state tests rather than singling out blacks.

A meeting that Fields planned to have with Hispanic students to discuss their test scores has been canceled. (source)

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Apparently, this director was already planning on meeting with other students regarding their test scores. While it is very true that Black and Hispanic students have shown some improvement over the years, it is still very true that these groups still make up a significant percentage of low test scores. If we cannot even acknowledge that fact without the fear of being called out by the PC police, these kids are really being set up for disappointment in the future.

I remember the same thing happened in Colorado some time ago. Unfortunately I was unable to find the article.

I may have posted this next article a while back (Orig. published in 2006), but it is certainly worth mentioning again.

States omitting minorities’ test scores

By Nicole Ziegler Dizon, Ben Feller and Frank Bass, Associated Press Writers | April 18, 2006

Laquanya Agnew and Victoria Duncan share a desk, a love of reading and a passion for learning. But because of a loophole in the No Child Left Behind Act, one second-grader’s score in Tennessee counts more than the other’s. That is because Laquanya is black, and Victoria is white.

An Associated Press computer analysis has found Laquanya is among nearly 2 million children whose scores aren’t counted when it comes to meeting the law’s requirement that schools track how students of different races perform on standardized tests.

The AP found that states are helping public schools escape potential penalties by skirting that requirement. And minorities — who historically haven’t fared as well as whites in testing — make up the vast majority of students whose scores are excluded.

The Education Department said that while it is pleased that nearly 25 million students nationwide are now being tested regularly under the law, it is concerned that the AP found so many students aren’t being counted by schools in the required racial categories.

“Is it too many? You bet,” Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said in an interview. “Are there things we need to do to look at that, batten down the hatches, make sure those kids are part of the system? You bet.”

The plight of the two second-graders shows how a loophole in the law is allowing schools to count fewer minorities in required racial categories.

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Overall, the AP found that about 1.9 million students — or about 1 in every 14 test scores — aren’t being counted under the law’s racial categories. Minorities are seven times as likely to have their scores excluded as whites, the analysis showed.

Less than 2 percent of white children’s scores aren’t being counted as a separate category. In contrast, Hispanics and blacks have roughly 10 percent of their scores excluded. More than one-third of Asian scores and nearly half of American Indian scores aren’t broken out, AP found. (more…)

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