Sunday, August 26, 2012

DuPage County NAACP Youth Works College Readiness Fair

On Saturday, August 25, students in the 6th to 12th grade were invited to attend the NAACP Youth Works Program’s 2nd Annual College Readiness and Scholarship Fair sponsored by Naperville School District 204 at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.

I attended the college fair with my 15 year old daughter and picked up a lot of good information including a book called “Voices” African American and Hispanic Students’ Perceptions Regarding the Academic Achievement Gap, a newly released report on attitudes toward ongoing differences in school performance that show correlation to race and ethnicity in DuPage County.

According to the 2011 Illinois State Report Card, 85% of White and 9% of Asian third grade students demonstrated reading proficiency on the 2011 Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) compare to only 61% of Hispanics and 61% of African Americans.

Educational leaders are aware that performance gaps have existed between African American and His panic students and their White peers since the inception of standardized testing.

The book offers 25 findings and 27 recommendations. Check it out if you want to do something about the performance gap.

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