How the NC education system overlooks the harsh realities of Natives past and present Indian…


How the NC education system overlooks the harsh realities of Natives past and present Indian Country Today Media Network The standards might be too skimpy and too focused on only one tribe, but publishing information on the achievement gap and requiring it on every ... school’s website is a step in the right direction, Oxendine said.

Why should students who are on the lower side of the achievement gap be informed of something hat could diminish feelings of self-worth? In any event data showing the average performance of American Indians and other ethnic groups are available. The All Student average for SAT Critical Reading hasn't changed materially in recent decades— true as well for average scores for American Indians and other groups classified by race/ethnicity – except for Asian-Americans, who have closed one reading achievement gap and opened another! They now lead the pack in reading, after having been best in math from the beginning! How did they do it? Quien sabe.

If SAT averages for the cream of the academic crop haven't changed materially for almost 30 years, despite the effort, time and money expended to improve educational programs for all students, it seems reasonable to assume that we shouldn't expectany meaningful change in average level of this critically important ability in the foreseeable future. Which leads to the $64 question: what if the achievement gap is here to stay?

For documentation

Table 1. SAT Critical Reading average selected years 1987 '97 2001 '06 '11 '15 '16 507 505 506 503 497 495 494 All students 524 526 529 527 528 529 528 White 479 496 501 510 517 525 529 Asian ................................. ....... 436 Hispanic .457 451 451 454 451 448 Mex-Am 436 454 457 459 452 448 Puerto R 464 466 460 458 451 449 Oth Hisp 471 475 481 487 484 481 447 Amer Ind 428 434 433 434 428 431 430 Black SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.(2012). Digest of Education Statistics, 2011 (NCES 2012-001), Chapter 2. SAT averages for college-bound seniors, by race/ethnicity: Selected years,1986-87 through 2010–11 Data for 2015&2016 Note 2016 data were no provided for Hispanic subgroups.

What if the achievement gap is here to stay?