The latest data from the California Department of Education indicates that three out of four African-American failed to meet reading and writing standards. We have previously discussed how our schools continue to fail to educate minority students despite large budgetary allotments. The problem is clearly money. I have long advocated more funding but schools must also be held accountable for this appalling performance. These kids are entering society with a huge disadvantage in seeking employment and advancement.
Boys generally are lagging behind girls but the scores are alarming among African American males. For example, in the fourth grade, nearly 80 percent of black boys failed to meet state reading standards. You read that correctly: Eighty percent.
The gender gap is a continuing focus of teachers but the priority must be to address the dismal performance of African American males. These schools are spending a huge amount with little to show for results. That suggests that the teachers or the program or both must be re-evaluated.
What do you think?