New test: low-income, minority students still behind Matthew Albright, The News Journal
Delaware students who are minorities, come from low-income families, have disabilities or are learning English all continue to lag their fellow students academically by a wide margin, scores on the state’s tough new Smarter Balanced Assessment show.
All the assessment test going back to 1935 such as the Iowa Test ; “The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), also known as the Iowa Tests or ITBS tests, are standardized tests provided as a service to schools by the College of Education of the University of Iowa. The tests are administered to students in kindergarten through eighth grade as part of the Iowa Statewide Testing Programs, a division of the Iowa Testing Programs (ITP). Developers Everett Franklin Lindquist, Harry Greene, Ernest Horn, Maude McBroom, and Herbert Spitzer first designed and administered the tests, originally named the Iowa Every Pupil Test of Basic Skills, in 1935 as a tool to improve instruction. Over decades, participation expanded and currently nearly all school districts in Iowa participate annually in the program, as do many other school districts across the United States. In a cooperative relationship, participating schools receive ITBS test materials, scoring and reporting services and consultation in the use of ITBS for instructional purposes, and ITP utilizes participation by schools in research and test development. Both the ITBS and Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) were revised in the 2011–2012 school year. They were rebranded the Iowa Assessments. In 2016-2017, Iowa Assessments will roll out their new testing program, Next Generation Iowa Assessments,” has come to the same conclusion!!! Black students’ achievement lags behind that of their white peers.
Honestly, I don’t think the achievement of black children will improve until some black leaders get their heads out of their asses and of the likes of Jack Markell and Rodel.
I might sound cold and insensitive but, WHAT HAS CHANGED in the way of adding tangible resources to address the achievement gap? We have feel good laws such as Choice Schools, Charter Schools, Magnet Schools, Neighborhood Schools and the Class Cap Law and all come with loopholes more punitive to poor black children than white. Choice schools does afford preferential busing for high poverty parents whereas they lack adequate transportation. Charter Schools and Magnet School has admission test that measures intelligence as means of primary requirement. The Neighborhood Schools Law has resulted in new school building for mainly suburban more-affluent whites and still no high school in the city of Wilmington and limited middle school space. Red Clay has no high school OR middle schools in the city of Wilmington. Then there is the Class Size Cap law! Try your best school district and if you can meet the letter of the law look closer and use the loop hole call, wavier!
Why do Wilmington’s black parents think it’s a good thing to merge Christina’s Wilmington schools into Red Clay? Red Clay has just as many Priority Schools which are state takeover schools where the district still keep but must adhere to state transformation guidelines. The DATA reveals Red Clay ins’t meeting the academic needs of poor minority students and though Christina may have some lower scores, the facts remains, both are failing to move poor black children and other minorities to minimal achievement standards.
Folks. the time has come to stop the Wall Street cash-in of the backs of poor students and end the bullshit PUNITIVE state assessment test. Taking any student test and using it as the means to evaluate teachers performance without regards to teacher experience and lack of parental involvement when requested is a social experiment that only serves political and Wall Street agenda.
Folks, we get it ! minority children particularly African-American males are the furthest behind! We need more teachers and paraprofessionals! We need to end the VT (Voluntary Transfer) process whereas teachers receiving poor evaluations via classroom observations VT out. The only place for many under-performing teachers to VT to is high poverty schools where often there are teacher shortages. Do we pay high-qualified with proven track-records more money to teach in high poverty predominantly African-American? Folks it doesn’t always take more money. It might take ending the Markell / Wall Street teacher witch-hunt! We know high poverty schools under-perform (yes exceptions to the rule). So why not add more teacher and paraprofessional that have proven track records and stop pointing the finger and use a growth model assessment test supported by a school level tool box that provides “adequate” resources on demand.
To my black brothers and sisters friends; I am white and I know I don’t speak for you! Excuse my unintended ignorance but I’ve questioned why is it rich white millionaire and billionaire men control the education reform of black children with predetermine outcomes (agenda and programs) whereas black parents and leaders are invited to the table after the fact only to help sell the agenda to other parents? And do note, this same tactic applies to all parents including white parents. Our predominantly white led PTA organizations who mean well tends to be the mule selling politically laced education agenda thinking they are valued stakeholders. In Delaware, Governor Markell proved PTA has no value as a stakeholder in his administration. PTA supported parent test opt-out of the corrupt state test whereas Delaware Legislators passed such legislation only to be vetoed by Markell. With the stroke of his veto pen, Markell said , fuck you to parents and the PTA.
The time has come to demand weight-based funding to more effectively address the needs of all at-risk students white, black and all shades in-between. The time to “march” is now! I am hear to tell you, merging Christina city schools into Red Clay is a dangerous path. Red Clay lacks capacity in leadership and funding to better meet the needs of minority children. Yes shorter bus-rides for many! However, nothing will change academically when the buses arrive at the schools. Red Clay turned its back on traditional high school and middle school needs of city children yielding to the charter and magnet school demands of the more affluent. Red Clay buses city high school students to high school further from home rather than A.I. High School the closest high school. Red Clay adds space to A.I. High school to accommodate Choice but failed to give city students “first choice”. Dare Red Clay to bus students from the suburbs to available seats in Red Clay city elementary schools! No Red Clay doesn’t want to unleash the white beast aka more affluent white parents. Red Clay buckles-under and builds new suburban elementary schools with intent to serve predominantly white students. The reason Red Clay doesn’t address the need for middle and high schools in Wilmington is because they “don’t want to fuel re-segregation.” Why? Because they don’t want to stir the pot that might bring back force-busing for white students! Currently its Wilmington minority children being force to ride the bus to Red Clay suburban middle and high schools.
So at the end of the day, how many years and test does it take to reveal black students are being undeserved? How long is long enough? This shit notion, a piece of pie is better than no pie even-though its no an equal piece needs to end!
Remember this, to keep a race of people down one must start with their children particular male children. We’re doing a good job of that in Delaware via a justice system that lets more whites slide and brothers die!
Violence is not the answers but neither is sitting in the corner being spoon-fed by white masters.