Achievement Gap” is a name used to describe the persistent and unjust disparity between test scores among different racial and economic groups enrolled in South Carolina’s government schools.
New data have been released, and some are hoping it constitutes a reversal of this troubling long term trend.
political publicists at the State Department of Education spun it this way:
South Carolina’s “achievement gap” between white and African-American students mirrors the rest of the nation’s, according to a federal government report released today. Although mathematics and reading test scores have improved for both ethnic groups, the gap between the two has decreased only in math.
But looking past the soundbites, the data do not seem to mesh with other, independently gauged, indicators.
Where are your kids?
Every year it is the same sad story: SAT tests scores are down, stagnant, or inch forward for some tiny subset of public school students.
Then the PR
machine at the State Department of Education works to massage the data into a glimmer of hope, and sends Inez Tenenbaum Jim Rex out to share the “good news” about the “ great leap forward.”
Sadly, this year is no different.
Like last week’s
ACT scores, the SAT scores show that South Carolina public schools are stagnant.
They also show that low-income and minority children are falling
further behind, widening one of the nation’s largest achievement gaps.
But there is good news too: students attending
private schools continue to excel. Continue reading
More bad news from public schools in South Carolina.
New data show that
racial divisions continue to widen and overall tests scores remain stagnant.
Reporter Monique Williams from ABC Columbia takes a look at this sad trend: