By: Krystle Crossman
New York City public schools are having a hard time living up to the state standards. A new study showed that not a single black student had passed the math and reading exams that are required by the state. Not a single Hispanic student was found to have been able to pass the tests either. This new revelation shows yet again that there is a tremendous gap with the different races and the education that they receive.
Jeremiah Kittredge is the CEO for Families for Excellent Schools. He says that these results should be enough to kick the education system into gear to take action. They are shocking results and a clear red flag that shows that something really needs to be done in order to help the minority youth become successful in school and after school. The scores did improve from the 2013 scores with the minority students but it was not enough. Asian students significantly improved from last year as well but they have never been in the lower gap with the other minority students.
The survey looked at 31 different schools in NYC and found that out of the 1,065 black students that took the state required math test not a single one was able to pass it. They also found that none of the 613 Hispanic students in 28 schools were able to pass either. Through the entire city 23.2% of the Hispanic students and 18.5% of black students were proficient with the math tests. The reading test scores were similar and showed how much of a gap there is.
The schools that were looked at were a mix. They had some schools that were high performing public schools that didn’t have many Hispanic or black students that were enrolled. Then there were many different public schools that were under-performing schools to start with. These schools have trouble year after year passing any of the students that they have in their classes no matter what their race is. The spokesperson for the Education Department in New York City said that they are taking these results very seriously and want all of the schools to do well no matter what area they are in and what races are enrolled.