“Achievement gaps occur when one group of students outperforms another group and the difference in average scores for the two groups is statistically significant . . . The NAEP reports on the Hispanic-White achievement gap and the Black-White achievement gap use NAEP scores in mathematics and reading for these groups to illuminate patterns and changes in these gaps over time.” NAEP
CUNY Institute for Education Policy reports, “Achievement gaps appear as early as three years of age (Burchinal et al., 2011), grow as children progress through school (Fryer & Levitt, 2004), and continue well into the later school years, posing serious consequences for students’ overall educational attainment and long term economic prosperity (McKinsey & Company, 2009; Olneck, 2005).”
To measure all groups of students against “white” males has already been proven to be, to support, and to perpetuate a discriminatory system of education that has created situations of segregation throughout New York State and this nation.
If there must be a “bar” of achievement, it must be the educational excellence of All students as measured not only by their knowledge but their ability to make sound, reasonable, respectful, decisions with regard to themselves and others.
Once the “bar” is raised, we must change the language of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of ALL children.
To accept the relevance of the color of a child’s skin, over which they have no control, the environment in which children live over which they have no control, or the socio-economic status and/or lack of education of their parents, over which children have no control, as determinant factors in a child’s educability, is to accept the institutional racism that persists in our current system of education.
Our federal and state governments must Constitutionally guarantee EVERY child in America a free and public, developmentally appropriate, experiential education that is founded in the Arts and delivered in safe neighborhood school communities that acknowledge and respect the gifts and talents of the various cultures that make up the fabric of their communities and our nation.
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