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What Can We Do?. An awful lot of educators have decided that we can’t do much. What We Hear Many Educators Say:. They’re poor; Their parents don’t care; They come to schools without breakfast; Not enough books Not enough parents.

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What we hear many educators say
What We Hear Many Educators Say: much.

  • They’re poor;

  • Their parents don’t care;

  • They come to schools without breakfast;

  • Not enough books

  • Not enough parents . . .


But if they are right, why are low-income students and students of color performing so high in some schools…


Capitol view elementary atlanta ga
Capitol View Elementary students of color performing so high in some schools…Atlanta, GA

  • 228 students in grades K-5

  • 96% African American

  • 88% Low-Income

Source: Georgia Department of Education, http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/findaschool.aspx?RPT=RC&RID=102&StateID=ALL


High achievement for all at capitol view 2007
High Achievement for All students of color performing so high in some schools…at Capitol View, 2007

Source: Georgia Department of Education, http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/findaschool.aspx?RPT=RC&RID=102&StateID=ALL


Exceeding standards at capitol view african american students grade 3 reading 2007
Exceeding Standards at Capitol View students of color performing so high in some schools…African American StudentsGrade 3 Reading (2007)

Source: Georgia Department of Education, http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/findaschool.aspx?RPT=RC&RID=102&StateID=ALL


Exceeding standards at capitol view low income students grade 5 math 2007
Exceeding Standards at Capitol View students of color performing so high in some schools…Low-Income StudentsGrade 5 Math (2007)

Source: Georgia Department of Education, http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/findaschool.aspx?RPT=RC&RID=102&StateID=ALL


Frankford elementary school
Frankford Elementary School students of color performing so high in some schools…


Frankford elementary frankford delaware
Frankford Elementary students of color performing so high in some schools…Frankford, Delaware

  • 449 Students in Grades PreK-5

  • 29% African American

  • 34% Latino

  • 34% White

  • 76% Low-Income

Source: Delaware Department of Education Online School Profiles, http://issm.doe.state.de.us/profiles/EntitySearch.ASPX


Frankford elementary closing gaps grade 5 reading
Frankford Elementary students of color performing so high in some schools…Closing Gaps, Grade 5 Reading

Source: Delaware Department of Education, DSTP Online Reports, http://dstp.doe.k12.de.us/DSTPmart/default.asp


Frankford elementary closing gaps grade 5 math
Frankford Elementary students of color performing so high in some schools…Closing Gaps, Grade 5 Math

Source: Delaware Department of Education, DSTP Online Reports, http://dstp.doe.k12.de.us/DSTPmart/default.asp


Frankford elementary higher proficiency rates than the state 2005 grade 3 reading
Frankford Elementary students of color performing so high in some schools…Higher Proficiency Rates than the State, 2005 Grade 3 Reading

Source: Delaware Department of Education, DSTP Online Reports, http://dstp.doe.k12.de.us/DSTPmart/default.asp


Frankford elementary higher proficiency rates than the state 2005 grade 3 math
Frankford Elementary students of color performing so high in some schools…Higher Proficiency Rates than the State, 2005 Grade 3 Math

Source: Delaware Department of Education, DSTP Online Reports, http://dstp.doe.k12.de.us/DSTPmart/default.asp


Elmont memorial junior senior high school elmont ny
Elmont Memorial Junior-Senior High School students of color performing so high in some schools…Elmont, NY

  • 2,012 students in grades 7-12

  • 75% African American

  • 14% Latino

  • 26% Low-Income

Source: New York Department of Education, https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb/


Elmont out performing the state secondary level english 2006
Elmont: Out-Performing the State students of color performing so high in some schools…Secondary-Level English (2006)

Source: New York Department of Education, https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb/


Elmont out performing the state secondary level math 2006
Elmont: Out-Performing the State students of color performing so high in some schools…Secondary-Level Math (2006)

Source: New York Department of Education, https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb/


Elmont graduating more students class of 2006
Elmont: Graduating More Students students of color performing so high in some schools…Class of 2006

Source: New York Department of Education, https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb/


Very big differences at district level too

Very big differences at district level, too. students of color performing so high in some schools…


* There is a 19 point gap between Poor African American 4 students of color performing so high in some schools…th graders in the District of Columbia and Boston (roughly equivalent to 2 years’ worth of learning)

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2003 Trial Urban District Reading Assessment.


* There is a 28 point gap between Poor African American 8 students of color performing so high in some schools…th graders in Los Angeles and Houston (roughly equivalent to 3 years’ worth of learning)

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2003 Trial Urban District Reading Assessment.


Scale students of color performing so high in some schools…Score

* There is an 18 point gap between Los Angeles and Houston (equivalent to almost 2 years worth of learning)

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002 Trial Urban District Reading Assessment.


Even big differences in whole states

Even big differences in whole states students of color performing so high in some schools…


2007 naep grade 4 reading average african american scale scores by state
2007 NAEP Grade 4 Reading students of color performing so high in some schools…Average African American Scale Scores by State

Proficient Scale Score: 238

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP Data Explorer, http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/


2007 naep grade 4 reading average latino scale scores by state
2007 NAEP Grade 4 Reading students of color performing so high in some schools…Average Latino Scale Scores by State

Proficient Scale Score: 238

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP Data Explorer, http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/


2007 naep grade 8 math average african american scale scores by state
2007 NAEP Grade 8 Math students of color performing so high in some schools…Average African American Scale Scores by State

Proficient Scale Score: 299

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP Data Explorer, http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/


2007 naep grade 8 math average latino scale scores by state
2007 NAEP Grade 8 Math students of color performing so high in some schools…Average Latino Scale Scores by State

Proficient Scale Score: 299

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP Data Explorer, http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/


Bottom line at every level of education what we do matters a lot

Bottom Line: students of color performing so high in some schools…At Every Level of Education, What We Do Matters A Lot!


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