Kentucky group critical of JCPS for student achievement gap between blacks, whites

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 12:42 AM

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WHAS11) -- Outside the Van Hoose Education Center there's a rally days before student test scores are mailed. A report from the Bluegrass Institute, a Lexington based group promoting smaller government, is giving the school system itself a failing grade.

The Bluegrass report calls attention to research showing a gap in math and reading scores between black and low income students and white students in the JCPS system. According to the report whites score more than 10 percent better in 87 percent of the 134 JCPS schools.

Breaking that down further, the achievement gap is more than 30 percent in 32 of those schools with the largest discrepancy in the East End.

For parents the blame falls on the school system, criticizing what they call a "one size fits all" approach.

But JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens said school test scores are broken down by student to tailor individual needs and rejected the "one size fits all" description. She said students must meet common core standards and that innovative ways need to be found to do that.

To view the Bluegrass Institute's report, click here.

To see the JCPS Strategic Plan, including how JCPS works with students, click here.

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