Sunday, November 14, 2004

Black Students Fall Behind Whites In Fairfax County 

The Washington Post editors this morning expose the achievement gap between black and white students in Fairfax County, Virginia. The difference in performance on the Standards of Learning examinations is particularly disturbing because this 10% of the student body is not scoring as high as minority students in other parts of the state, even those with predominantly black student populations.

Of course, the reason for this is that since the Fairfax County school system is the 12th largest system in the nation it will tend to go with educational fads instead of focusing on teaching the basics when it comes to math and reading. This failure to teach to the test is especially harmful for underprivileged and immigrant students who will start off behind the affluent white families of Northern Virginia.

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