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  • It is all still about race: Obama hatred, the South and the truth about GOP wins

    11/07/2014 1:17:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Salon ^ | November 4, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    All the conventional wisdom you'll hear tonight is wrong: Republican gains are really proof of age-old ugliness. In 1964, there were five black members of the House of Representatives — barely over 1 percent — compared to the 11 percent of the population who were black. But the American people were evenly split, 30 to 31 percent, on whether blacks should have more or less influence, with 28 percent saying things were “about right” as they stood. What’s more, those opposed to government social spending programs were three times more likely to say blacks should have less influence compared to...
  • WATCH: Was This The Biggest ‘Wheel of Fortune’ EPIC FAIL in History? (Video)

    04/12/2014 8:03:56 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 36 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-12-2014 | TopClip
    A contestant named Julian from Indiana University must be feeling pretty stupid right about now. And Hoosiers can't be feeling too proud. Julian had the chance to win $1 million Friday night, had the puzzle fully solved, and then lost because he pronounced Achilles like “A-chill-us.” Because of that mistake, the show decided not to give him the victory and instead, one of the other contestants who know the “mythological hero” got the chance to steal and did. (To win the full $1 million he would have had to overcome some other hurdles as well.) But alas, poor Julian' disastrous...
  • Bush Urges Effort to Close Black and White Students’ Achievement Gap

    04/11/2014 7:15:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 112 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 10, 2014 | Peter Baker
    AUSTIN, Tex. — Former President George W. Bush called the achievement gap between white and black children “a national scandal” on Thursday and urged both parties to come together to address it as the central civil rights issue of the modern era. Paying tribute to President Lyndon B. Johnson at a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Mr. Bush said the real test of the nation’s commitment to equality would be to fix an educational system that has tolerated low standards for too long. “There’s a growing temptation among public officials in both political parties at...
  • Feds investigate Florida's Bright Futures scholarships (SAT qualification discriminatory)

    03/25/2014 5:31:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has quietly revived an investigation of Florida’s Bright Futures scholarships, a move that could reignite long-simmering complaints about the fairness of the popular program. Since the program’s inception, an outsized share of more than $4 billion in scholarships has gone to white or affluent families, at least some of whom were wealthy enough to afford college without any help. In recent years, state lawmakers — concerned about rising costs of the program — changed the standards to make the scholarships even harder to get, raising the minimum SAT and ACT test...
  • In Research Involving Genome Analysis, Some See a ‘New Racism’

    03/24/2014 5:58:27 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    Chronicle of Higher Education
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  • School Data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines

    03/21/2014 12:27:45 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 83 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    Racial minorities are more likely than white students to be suspended from school, to have less access to rigorous math and science classes, and to be taught by lower-paid teachers with less experience, according to comprehensive data released Friday by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. In the first analysis in nearly 15 years of information from all of the country’s 97,000 public schools, the Education Department found a pattern of inequality on a number of fronts, with race as the dividing factor. Black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. A...
  • Why can’t we talk about IQ?

    08/09/2013 3:06:33 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 221 replies
    Politico ^ | August 9, 2013 | Jason Richwine
    “IQ is a metric of such dubiousness that almost no serious educational researcher uses it anymore,” the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox wrote back in May. It was a breathtakingly ignorant statement. Psychologist Jelte Wicherts noted in response that a search for “IQ test” in Google’s academic database yielded more than 10,000 hits — just for the year 2013. But Cox’s assertion is all too common. There is a large discrepancy between what educated laypeople believe about cognitive science and what experts actually know. Journalists are steeped in the lay wisdom, so they are repeatedly surprised when someone forthrightly discusses the...
  • MSNBC Host Compares Gitmo Inmates to American Slaves

    05/26/2013 7:44:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies
    MSNBC Host Compares Gitmo Inmates to American Slaves Daniel Halper May 26, 2013 10:38 AM On MSNBC, host Melissa Harris-Perry compared Gitmo terrorist inmates to American slaves: "This is the time to reaffirm our Americanness," said Harris-Perry. "I also appreciate that the hunger strikers are not trying to die. They're trying to generate autonomy in the context of something that strips their humanity--something we certainly know about from the experience of American slavery. And that the language of before I would be a slave, I'd be buried in my grave and go home to my Lord and be free. Just...
  • The Crucifixion of Jason Richwine

    05/10/2013 3:09:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | May 10, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    How low will supporters of the Gang of Eight immigration bill go to get their way? This low: They've shamelessly branded an accomplished Ivy League-trained quantitative analyst a "racist" and will stop at nothing to destroy his career as they pave their legislative path to another massive illegal alien benefits bonanza. Jason Richwine works for the conservative Heritage Foundation. He's a Harvard University Ph.D. who co-authored a study that pegs the cost of the Ted Kennedy Memorial Open Borders Act 2.0 legislation at $6.3 trillion. Lead author Robert Rector is a senior research fellow at Heritage, a former United States...
  • Heritage official resigns amid controversy

    05/10/2013 2:06:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2013 | ERICA WERNER
    A co-author of a disputed Heritage Foundation report on a new immigration bill has resigned amid controversy over claims he made about immigrants having low IQs. A spokesman for the conservative think tank confirmed Jason Richwine's resignation Friday without offering details. Richwine was one of two authors of a report released Monday that said immigration legislation pending in the Senate would cost $6.3 trillion over 50 years as immigrants consumed federal benefits without making up for it in taxes. The report quickly came under attack as critics from the left and right said it didn't account for economic benefits from...
  • Heritage study co-author opposed letting in immigrants with low IQs

    05/08/2013 12:06:21 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2013 | Dylan Matthews
    The Heritage Foundation made something of a splash with its study suggesting that immigration reform will cost the public trillions. Past work by one of its co-authors helps put that piece in context. Jason Richwine is relatively new to the think tank world. He received his PhD in public policy from Harvard in 2009, and joined Heritage after a brief stay at the American Enterprise Institute. Richwine’s doctoral dissertation is titled “IQ and Immigration Policy”; the contents are well summarized in the dissertation abstract: "The statistical construct known as IQ can reliably estimate general mental ability, or intelligence. The average...
  • NAACP claims discriminatory admission practices at [New York] city's elite high schools

    09/27/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 70 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 | BEN CHAPMAN
    The NAACP has filed a bombshell complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging discriminatory admission practices at the city’s elite high schools. In a blistering document delivered to the feds Thursday morning, the NAACP accused the city of barring black and Latino students from eight of its “best public schools,” including Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, where only 1% of students are black. “Black and Latino students don’t see opportunity at places like Stuyvesant because of the admissions process,” said NAACP attorney Rachel Kleinman. “It’s not fair and it’s bad policy.” The city’s Specialized High Schools Admissions Test is...
  • The Talk: Nonblack Version

    04/07/2012 5:04:29 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 181 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | April 5, 2012 | John Derbyshire
    ... There is a talk that nonblack Americans have with their kids, too. My own kids, now 19 and 16, have had it in bits and pieces as subtopics have arisen. If I were to assemble it into a single talk, it would look something like the following. (1) Among your fellow citizens are forty million who identify as black, and whom I shall refer to as black. The cumbersome (and MLK-noncompliant) term “African-American” seems to be in decline, thank goodness. “Colored” and “Negro” are archaisms. What you must call “the ‘N’ word” is used freely among blacks but is...
  • Despite Focus on Data, Standards for Diploma May Still Lack Rigor (high school grads cannot write)

    02/06/2012 6:16:00 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 5, 2012 | MICHAEL WINERIP
    The next time people try to tell you how much the data-driven education reform programs of President George W. Bush (No Child Left Behind) and President Obama (Race to the Top) have raised academic standards in America, suggest that they take a look at the Jan. 24, 2012, New York State English Regents exam. This year, for the first time, high schools students must score at least 65 on the English exam, as well as on four other state tests — math, science, global history and United States history — to earn a diploma. The three-hour English test includes 25...
  • Black students at Duke upset over study (finding more black students drop out of hard majors)

    01/13/2012 2:44:23 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Herald-Sun ^ | January 12, 2012 | Neil Offen
    DURHAM — Black students at Duke University are angry over a university research paper that found African-American undergraduates at the school are disproportionally more likely to switch from tough majors to easier ones. “The implications and intentions of this research at the hands of our very own prestigious faculty, seemingly without a genuine concern for proactively furthering the well-being of the black community is hurtful and alienating,” wrote the officers of Duke’s Black Student Alliance in an email sent to the state NAACP. The letter from Nana Asante, president of the alliance, challenged the faculty members involved in the research...
  • In New York, Mexicans Lag in Education

    11/25/2011 4:58:48 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2011 | KIRK SEMPLE
    In the past two decades, the Mexican population in New York City has grown more than fivefold, with immigrants settling across the five boroughs. Many adults have demonstrated remarkable success at finding work, filling restaurant kitchens and construction sites, and opening hundreds of businesses. But their children, in one crucial respect, have fared far differently. About 41 percent of all Mexicans between ages 16 and 19 in the city have dropped out of school, according to census data. No other major immigrant group has a dropout rate higher than 20 percent, and the overall rate for the city is less...
  • Closing the Achievement Gap

    11/15/2011 6:19:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | November 15, 2011 | REIHAN SALAM & TINO SANANDAJI
    During the recent struggle over collective-bargaining rights in Wisconsin, a number of left-of-center observers, including New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, pointed out that students in unionized Wisconsin do better on average than students in non-unionized Texas. The obvious conclusion, or so we were led to believe, is that teachers’ unions lead to better education. There is, however, a problem with this argument. Drawing on data from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, the political commentator David Burge pointed out that white students in Texas outperform white students in Wisconsin, black students in Texas outperform black students in Wisconsin,...
  • A New Book Argues Against the SAT (bias against minorities, women asserted)

    11/09/2011 10:45:29 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 9, 2011 | REBECCA R. RUIZ
    When Wake Forest University announced three years ago that it would make the SAT optional for its undergraduate applicants, among those cheering was Joseph Soares, a sociology professor at the university. Mr. Soares has channeled his enthusiasm for Wake Forest’s decision — as well as for similar policies at several hundred other colleges — into a new book, “SAT Wars,” that argues for looking beyond standardized test scores in college admissions. (The book was published last month by Teachers College Press.) “The SAT and ACT are fundamentally discriminatory,” Mr. Soares said in a phone interview last week. Through his own...
  • In College, Working Hard to Learn High School Material

    10/24/2011 7:20:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2011 | MICHAEL WINERIP
    In June, Desiree Smith was graduated from Murry Bergtraum High. Her grades were in the 90s, she said, and she had passed the four state Regents exams. Since enrolling last month at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, Ms. Smith, 19, has come to realize that graduating from a New York City public high school is not the same as learning. She failed all three placement tests for LaGuardia and is now taking remediation in reading, writing and math. So are Nikita Thomas, of Bedford Stuyvesant Prep; Sade Washington, of the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem; Stacey Sumulong, of...
  • Our Achievement-Gap Mania

    09/27/2011 7:49:27 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    National Affairs ^ | Fall 2011 | FREDERICK M. HESS
    A decade ago, the No Child Left Behind Act ushered in an era of federally driven educational accountability focused on narrowing the chasms between the test scores and graduation rates of students of different incomes and races. The result was a whole new way of speaking and thinking about the issue: "Achievement gaps" became reformers' catch phrase, and closing those gaps became the goal of American education policy. Today, the notion of "closing achievement gaps" has become synonymous with education reform. The Education Trust, perhaps the nation's most influential K-12 advocacy group, explains: "Our goal is to close the gaps...
  • Education chief gets an F

    08/29/2011 5:29:19 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 29, 2011 | Jack Kelly
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been a presidential candidate for barely two weeks, but already polls indicate he's even with President Barack Obama. So the administration trotted out Education Secretary Arne Duncan to knock him down a peg. Texas schools have "really struggled" under Gov. Perry, Mr. Duncan told Bloomberg's Al Hunt Aug. 18. "Far too few of their high school graduates are actually prepared to go on to college ... I feel really badly for the children there." It's cheesy for a Cabinet officer to be so political. But that's not why Mr. Obama shouldn't have used the former...
  • Racial quotas, speech codes and the thought police

    07/06/2011 5:24:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/5/11 | Michael Barrone
    It's racially discriminatory to prohibit racial discrimination. That's the bottom line of a decision issued Friday, just before the Fourth of July weekend, by the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. The case was brought by an organization called By Any Means Necessary to overturn a state constitutional amendment passed by a 58 percent majority of Michigan voters in November 2006. This was not BAMN's first challenge to the proposition. It staged a mini-riot in the secretary of state's office to try to block submission of the signatures that put the proposition on the ballot. The ballot...
  • Civil rights survey: 3,000 US high schools don't have math beyond Algebra I

    07/01/2011 3:58:12 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 30, 2011 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
    To better diagnose achievement gaps and help education leaders tailor solutions, federal civil rights officials on Thursday released an expanded, searchable set of information – drawn from schools in more than 7,000 districts and representing at least three-quarters of American students. The survey’s data show, as never before, the education inequities that hold various groups of students back. For example, in 3,000 high schools, math classes don’t go higher than Algebra I, and in 7,300 schools, students had no access to calculus. Schools serving mostly African-American students are twice as likely to have inexperienced teachers as are schools serving mostly...
  • Disparate Impact Realism

    06/27/2011 11:36:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    University of Pennsylvania Law School ^ | May 5, 2011 | Amy L. Wax
    Abstract: In Ricci v. DeStefano, 129 S. Ct. 2658 (2009), the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the doctrine, first articulated by the Court in Griggs v. Duke Power Company, 401 U.S. 424 (1971), that employers can be held liable under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act for neutral personnel practices with a disparate impact on minority workers. The Griggs Court further held that employers can escape liability by showing that their staffing practices are job related or consistent with business necessity. In the interim since Griggs, social scientists have generated evidence undermining two key assumptions behind that decision and...
  • College-Readiness Low Among [New York] State Graduates, Data Show

    06/15/2011 6:25:11 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2011 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    Heightening concerns about the value of many of its high school diplomas, the New York State Education Department released new data on Tuesday showing that only 37 percent of students who entered high school in 2006 left four years later adequately prepared for college, with even smaller percentages of minority graduates and those in the largest cities meeting that standard. In New York City, 21 percent of the students who started high school in 2006 graduated last year with high enough scores on state math and English tests to be deemed ready for higher education or well-paying careers. In Rochester,...
  • The Myth of Racial Disparities in Public School Funding

    04/21/2011 10:07:51 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 14 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 4/20/2011 | Jason Richwine, Ph.D.
    Abstract: Achievement disparities among racial and ethnic groups persist in the American education system. Asian and white students consistently perform better on standardized tests than Hispanic and black students. While many commentators blame the achievement gap on alleged disparities in school funding, this Heritage Foundation paper demonstrates that public education spending per pupil is broadly similar across racial and ethnic groups. To the extent that funding differences exist at all, they tend to slightly favor lower-performing groups, especially blacks. Since unequal funding for minority students is largely a myth, it cannot be a valid explanation for racial and ethnic differences...
  • David Cameron brands 'all white' Oxford University a disgrace

    04/12/2011 6:16:41 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | April 11, 2011 | Andrew Porter, Graeme Paton and James Kirku
    On a visit to the north of England, the Prime Minister singled out Oxford for criticism when he accused elite institutions of having a "terrible record" of enrolling teenagers from state schools. Senior officials at the university described the figure as "highly misleading" as it related only to British students who described themselves as black Caribbean. They said Oxford admitted another 27 students who described themselves as black African and another 14 who were mixed race. The university also said that only 452 black students across the country had even achieved the A-level results demanded by Oxford to meet its...
  • Obama Takes Aim at Inequality in Education

    04/07/2011 5:41:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 6, 2011 | Helene Cooper
    Describing education and education equality as the “civil rights issue of our time,” President Obama called Wednesday for a renewed effort to eliminate the achievement gap between African-American students and others. “Too many of our kids are dropping out of schools,” Mr. Obama told a mostly black audience in the ballroom of the Sheraton New York Hotel in Manhattan. “That’s not a white, black or brown problem. That’s everybody’s problem.” In a lightning-fast visit to New York before returning to Washington for more budget talks, Mr. Obama delivered a sober assessment of what he has done since taking office to...
  • Are the wealthiest countries the smartest countries?

    03/17/2011 1:10:05 PM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    Association for Psychological Science ^ | March 17, 2011 | Unknown
    It's not just how free the market is. Some economists are looking at another factor that determines how much a country's economy flourishes: how smart its people are. For a study published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, researchers analyzed test scores from 90 countries and found that the intelligence of the people, particularly the smartest 5 percent, made a big contribution to the strength of their economies. In the last 50 years or so, economists have started taking an interest in the value of human capital. That means all of the qualities of the people who make up...
  • ‘Intrusive caring’ for UMass (to improve minority graduation rates)

    01/23/2011 5:45:44 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 23, 2011 | Lawrence Harmon
    IN THE polished halls of academia, it’s known as “intrusive caring.’’ The objects of this attention are shaky students — often minorities from weak high schools — who are shown a straight path to graduation if they care to follow it. Towson University in Maryland raised intrusive caring to an art form in the last decade. Along the way, it wiped out the graduation gap between white and minority students. The trustees of the University of Massachusetts were amply impressed. Last week, they named Towson president Robert Caret to head the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. His role in raising...
  • Dropout rate for Calif. black students hits 37%

    12/09/2010 10:51:40 AM PST · by Amerikan_Samurai · 79 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 8, 2010 | Jill Tucker,
    More than a third of California's African American public high school students dropped out before graduation day, a startling number and one that's on the rise, according to 2009 data released Tuesday. The 37 percent African American dropout rate, up three percentage points from the prior year, was far above that of any other ethnic subgroup. Hispanic students had the second highest rate at 27 percent. Locally, San Francisco cautiously celebrated a 9 percent overall dropout rate, a stark contrast to Oakland's 40 percent, numbers still under review for accuracy. The statewide statistics highlight a pervasive achievement gap in test...
  • Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Be Far Lower Than Expected

    11/09/2010 10:24:07 AM PST · by lbryce · 238 replies · 4+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 9, 2010 | Trip Gabriel
    An achievement gap separating black from white students has long been documented — a social divide extremely vexing to policy makers and the target of one blast of school reform after another. But a new report focusing on black males suggests that the picture is even bleaker than generally known. Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys, and only 12 percent of black eighth-grade boys are proficient in math, compared with 44 percent of white boys. Poverty alone does not seem to explain the differences: poor white boys do...
  • Momentum for Non-Cognitive Reviews

    09/14/2010 5:35:15 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Insider Higher Ed | September 13, 2010
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  • School reform's meager results

    09/12/2010 12:28:21 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 6, 2010 | Robert J. Samuelson
    ... Since the 1960s, waves of "reform" haven't produced meaningful achievement gains. The most reliable tests are given by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The reading and math tests, graded on a 0-500 scale, measure 9-year-olds, 13-year-olds and 17-year-olds. In 1971, the initial year for the reading test, the average score for 17-year-olds was 285; in 2008, the average score was 286. The math test started in 1973, when 17-year-olds averaged 304; in 2008, the average was 306. To be sure, some improvements have occurred in elementary schools. But what good are they if they're erased by high...
  • The (Black) Underperformance (in College) Problem

    09/05/2010 1:27:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 140 replies
    Minding the Campus ^ | September 2, 2010 | Russell K. Nieli
    On average black students do much worse on the SAT and many other standardized tests than whites. While encouraging progress was made in the 1970s and early 1980s in improving black SAT scores and reducing the black/white test score gap, progress in this direction came to a halt by the early 1990s, and today the gap stands pretty much where it was twenty years ago. Whereas whites and Asians today average a little over 500 on the math and reading portions of the SAT, blacks score only a little over 400 -- in statistical metric a gap of a full...
  • The Myth of Equality

    08/27/2010 5:21:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | August 27, 2010 | Pat Buchanan
    In 21st century America, institutional racism and sexism remain great twin evils to be eradicated on our long journey to the wonderful world where, at last, all are equal. What are we to make, then, of a profession that rewards workers with fame and fortune, yet discriminates ruthlessly against women; an institution where Hispanics and Asians, 20 percent of the U.S. population, are neither sought after nor widely seen. In this profession, white males, a third of the population, retain a third of the jobs. But black males, 6.5 percent of the U.S. population, have 67 percent of the coveted...
  • Scores Stagnate at High Schools

    08/18/2010 5:12:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2010 | STEPHANIE BANCHERO
    New data show that fewer than 25% of 2010 graduates who took the ACT college-entrance exam possessed the academic skills necessary to pass entry-level courses, despite modest gains in college-readiness among U.S high-school students in the last few years. ... While elementary schools have shown progress on national achievement exams, high-school results have stayed perniciously low. Some experts say the lack of rigor in high-school courses is partly to blame. "High schools are the downfall of American school reform," said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington. "We haven't figured out how...
  • Triumph Fades on Racial Gap in New York City Schools

    08/16/2010 5:41:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 15, 2010 | SHARON OTTERMAN and ROBERT GEBELOFF
    ... When results from the 2010 tests, which state officials said presented a more accurate portrayal of students’ abilities, were released last month, they came as a blow to the legacy of the mayor and the chancellor, as passing rates dropped by more than 25 percentage points on most tests. But the most painful part might well have been the evaporation of one of their signature accomplishments: the closing of the racial achievement gap. Among the students in the city’s third through eighth grades, 40 percent of black students and 46 percent of Hispanic students met state standards in math,...
  • Schools Are Given a Grade on How Graduates Do (many can't handle fractions or negative numbers)

    08/12/2010 2:16:04 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 9, 2010 | JENNIFER MEDINA
    ... [T]he New York City Department of Education acknowledges that despite rising graduation rates, many graduates lack basic skills, and it is trying to do something about it. This year, for the first time, it has sent detailed reports to all of its high schools, telling them just how many of their students who arrived at the city’s public colleges needed remedial courses, as well as how many stayed enrolled after their first semester. The reports go beyond the basic measure of a school’s success — the percentage of students who earn a diploma — to let educators know whether...
  • Obama to Call for Better Graduation Rates (60% of Americans to get college degrees)

    08/09/2010 5:20:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 102 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 9, 2010 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    President Obama on Monday will renew his call for the United States to lead the world in college graduation rates by 2020, an ambitious goal that senior administration officials say will require 60 percent of all young Americans to possess a college degree, up from 40 percent today. The United States gave up its spot as the world leader in college graduation rates about 10 years ago, as students in countries like South Korea, Canada and Russia began to surpass their American counterparts. Now the United States ranks 12th among 36 developed nations; a report by the College Board last...
  • Was Today’s Poverty Determined in 1000 B.C.? (yes, partially)

    08/02/2010 3:00:32 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 62 replies · 37+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 2, 2010 | CATHERINE RAMPELL
    The recent finding that economic success in life is largely determined by what you learned in kindergarten has proven contentious (at least among our readers). So what if I told you that economic success was instead determined by what your ancestors did more than a millennium ago? That is one implication of a provocative new study by Diego Comin, William Easterly (known for his skepticism of foreign aid programs) and Erick Gong. The study gathered crude information on the state of technological development in various parts of the world in 1000 B.C.; around the birth of Jesus; and in A.D....
  • AP-Univision Poll: College dreams for Hispanics

    07/30/2010 5:51:55 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 29, 2010 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and TREVOR TOMPSON
    More than 10 years have passed since she gave up her pursuit of a degree in computer science, but Yajahira Deaza still has regrets. She says she feels incomplete. She now works in customer service for a major New York bank, and her experience reflects the findings of an Associated Press-Univision poll that examined the attitudes of Latino adults toward higher education. Despite strong belief in the value of a college diploma, Hispanics more often than not fall short of that goal. The findings have broad implications not only for educators and parents, but for the economy. In the next...
  • People in Developing Countries 'Have lower IQs because their bodies are focused on surviving'

    07/02/2010 11:55:56 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 61 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 1, 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    People in developing countries have lower IQs because their bodies divert energy from brainpower to fighting disease, researchers claimed today. In hot nations blighted by deadly infections, the priority is survival and populations have evolved to develop stronger immune systems rather than intelligence, according to the controversial theory. Some critics warned the study could become an excuse for racism if it was used to suggest that people in the Third World are not as intelligent as those in cooler, richer climes. Others pointed out that the ancient Persians, Greeks and Romans lived in hot climates and still boasted extraordinary civilisations....
  • Why Do IQ Scores Vary By Nation?

    07/27/2010 5:52:56 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies · 6+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 26, 2010 | Katie Baker
    Global differences in intelligence is a sensitive topic, long fraught with controversy and still tinged by the disgraceful taint of pseudosciences such as craniometry that strove to prove the white “race” as the most clever of them all. But recent data, perplexingly, has indeed shown cognitive ability to be higher in some countries than in others. What’s more, IQ scores have risen as nations develop—a phenomenon known as the “Flynn effect.” Many causes have been proposed for both the intelligence gap and the Flynn effect, including education, income, and even nonagricultural labor. Now, a new study from researchers at the...
  • White House to Impose "Fairness" on (College) Education Spending

    07/23/2010 1:46:55 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Minding the Campus ^ | July 20, 2010 | John Rosenberg
    Speaking to the NAACP convention in Kansas City on Monday (July 12), Michelle Obama said that because of "stubborn inequalities" that "still persist --- in education and health, in income and wealth --- "the NAACP's founders "would urge us to increase our intensity." The White House, for some reason, appears to have heard her call, for on Tuesday, reported the Chronicle of Higher Education, "White House Official Says Civil-Rights Office Will Enforce Fair State Spending for Black Colleges." John S. Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, said on Tuesday that the...
  • Leader of governors group focuses on college grads

    07/11/2010 6:42:15 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2010 | GLEN JOHNSON
    The incoming head of the National Governors Association said Sunday he will make increasing the number of students who complete college his focus during his scheduled yearlong tenure. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, assumed the chairmanship of the NGA on Sunday from Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, replaced Manchin as vice chairman. Manchin said he will work to unite governors, higher education officials, campus leaders and corporate chief executives behind the college initiative he calls "Complete to Compete." "If we don't improve college completion rates in this country, our children will...
  • Coalition to Overcome Racism: Dealing with racial disproportionality

    07/11/2010 8:13:59 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    Coalition to Overcome Racism After the coverage we received in the Sentinel article of Wednesday, June 30, 2010, titled "Coalition earns grant to study institutionalized racism," we'd like to offer the following additional information about the Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism. As the steering committee of SCCCCOR, we are excited about helping bring to Santa Cruz County a new approach to addressing institutional racism, and we are seeking to use all avenues at our disposal -- including this op-ed article -- to generate interest, support and participation in our activities. The premise behind SCCCCOR's work is that...
  • At City College (of San Francisco), a Battle Over Remedial Classes for English and Math

    06/25/2010 6:36:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 24, 2010 | CAROL POGASH
    At City College of San Francisco, one of the country’s largest public universities, thousands of struggling students pour into remedial English and math classes — and then the vast majority disappear, never to receive a college degree. When Steve Ngo, a 33-year-old college trustee, learned that many minority students, among others, faced two-and-a-half years, or five semesters, of remedial English classes and a year and a half of math at the two-year college, he was shocked into action. His campaign for a one-year sequence of remedial courses ignited a campus furor, with students and a few trustees on one side...
  • U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson distances himself from controversial genetic views

    06/23/2010 5:43:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    The Northwester (Oskosh, WI) | June 20, 2010 | ADAM RODEWALD
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  • City Seeking New Test for Gifted Admissions

    06/22/2010 5:16:59 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 21, 2010 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    The city will search for a new admissions test for its gifted and talented public school programs, a Department of Education official said on Monday, in part to address concerns that some families were “gaming” the test through extensive preparation. The official, Marc Sternberg, the new deputy chancellor for portfolio planning, said the change could occur for the 2012-13 year. The city has one more year in its current testing contract. Mr. Sternberg announced the move at a City Council hearing on education, after extensive questioning from council members about why the city’s gifted programs were not as racially and...