Catching up, slowly

Black and Latino students are catching up in reading and math in most states, reports Education Trust. But there’s a long way to go.

Here’s Gadfly’s analysis of the flap over the not-PACE study on test scores.

Twenty percent of California schools have not met federal standards under No Child Left Behind. This San Francisco Chronicle story explains what’s changing at a middle school that’s in its fourth year of “program improvement.”

This year, there is double-time instruction in reading for poor readers, and in English for nonnative speakers. (Vice Principal Francisco Duran) said Ackerman had also provided class-by-class test score data so that teachers can now see who has what problem in which subject.

“It’s been very, very helpful,” he said.

Everett’s test scores have actually risen for three years in a row, he said. But records show they have not risen enough among Latinos, African Americans, poor children and English learners.

“It’s very challenging to raise the scores,” Duran said. “But this year we’re going to focus on those groups.”

Next year, all teachers and administrators will have to reapply for jobs at Everett; those who want to work at the school will have to commit to a new curriculum and schedule.

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