This is sad.
Everman High School’s problem is much deeper than hurt feelings.
Everman’s problem is a matter of science — teaching it.
Everman is worse at teaching science than any surrounding high school, including neighboring schools in Fort Worth. In Dallas, 18 of 21 traditional high schools have better science scores.
Across all grades, poor students in Everman lag 10 points behind poor children studying science in Dallas or Fort Worth.
Everman High School is now rated “unacceptable” by the state.
To compound the problem, Principal Kathy Culbertson blames the students.
Twisting the meaning of state test results, she went on the public-address system and announced to the entire school that “African-American student performance” was responsible for the state rating.
Wrong. It was her own staff’s failure to meet an abysmally low state standard, not only in science but also in math.
Race is not to blame.
African-American students do better almost everywhere in Texas than at Everman High School.
At James Madison High School near Fair Park in Dallas, 80 percent of the students are poor, and most are African-American. But 53 percent of those students passed the science test.
At Everman, the figure was 32 percent.
I thought the goal of NCLB sub-categories was to ensure that the schools didn’t leave any group of children behind, not to find a group to blame.