Is it a fact that few Blacks and Hispanic students attend NYC specialized high schools for the gifted and talented (G&T)? You must first examine the data to make a determination.
According to Holcomb (2004) school report card data should:
- allow educational policymakers to make decisions on viability/continuity of schools
- be the tools for aligning educators’ effort to intervene in under-performing schools to increase student achievement (p. 9)
- help close the achievement gap by allowing parents, businesses, educators, community members to embrace the data in such a manner to show ownership and belief in their (data’s) capacity to bridge the achievement gap and improve educational outcome for all students.
My purpose is to help parents and other stakeholders analyze data.
Given that most experts believe G&T students are found in 5% of the general school population (Houghton, 1994), are you (School Chancellor, Walcott, future Mayor, Bill de Blasio, and other stakeholders) satisfied that in 2011-2012, only 46 in every 1000 NYC Black students were deemed gifted, while 320 of every thousand were deemed gifted?
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