Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Mayor Bloomberg, The Racial Academic Achievement Gap Is As Wide As Ever. As Your Ed Deformer Friends Would Say "There Are No Excuses" For That.
The 2010 New York State tests showed a slight improvement of New York City students in Math and English, except for the 8th grade English scores, while the State had minimal reductions. Scratching the surface it would appear this is good news for the Bloomberg/Walcott Administration. However, the racial academic achievement gap is as wide as ever. For example the difference between Black and White students in English was 30% and more between Asian and Black students. Hispanics fared little better showing a difference of 27% when compared to White students and 30% for Asian students. While the differences in Math were no better with a Black to White student difference of 29% and a Black to Asian difference of an astounding 40%! In NYC the racial achievement gap has actually widened since 2006 with a difference of 31.2% between Black and White students (30.5% in 2006) and 31.3% between Hispanic and White students (29.4% in 2006) in English. For Math, the Black and White student difference is 33.7% (30.7% in 2006) and 28.7% (27.5% in 2006) between Hispanics and Whites.
Since Bloomberg and Walcott are part of the education reform movement, there should be "no excuses" for such a wide racial academic achievement gap under their tenure. Furthermore, even the small improvements in scores can probably be attributed to the constant test preparation and in some cases only English and Math being taught as Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, and Physical education are minimized or as in some Charter Schools non-existent.
There is no excuse for such a wide racial academic achievement gap and as Harry Truman once said "the buck stops here". Hear that Mayor Bloomberg?