Hispanic students continue to fail in California schools, showing that all the money in the world cannot buy what nature has not given.
San Jose Mercury News August 9, 2013 by Sharon Noguchi
Reflecting a statewide trend, students in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties slipped this year in academic performance, while their schools also stalled in campaigns to narrow the gap between high- and low-achieving groups of students, according to standardized test scores released Thursday.
The score decline ends eight straight years of gains in achievement in math and English, as measured on California`s Standardized Testing and Reporting assessments, a battery of tests administered each spring.
But dissecting that figure reveals that 80 percent of Asian students tested proficient, but only 21 percent of Latino students did, the same as in the two previous years. Still, algebra proficiency among Latinos has increased dramatically over nine years ago, when it was only 8 percent.
The gap is nearly as wide in Santa Clara County reveal results for math in grades 2 to 7: Proficiency was 92 percent for Asians, 83 percent for whites, and 53 percent for Latinos. After narrowing last year, the white-Latino gap grew by a point. In 10th grade science, proficiency was 83 percent among Asians and 38 percent among Latinos, according to results culled by the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
A similar gap exists in San Mateo County.
Latino math scores are 30.7 percentage points lower than those of whites, compared with a 20 percentage-point gap statewide. And in science, the white-Latino gap is 38.6 percentage points in San Mateo County, versus 28.2 percent in the state.
What it tells us is that the achievement gap is insoluble, and further immigration by low achievers will do nothing for a State collapsing in on itself.
A further look at the graph for student scores shows a big fat F, achievement plateaued at 56% proficiency.