Monday, August 10, 2009

Native achievement gap closing.. work to be done

From the Juneau Empire:

The trend statewide is positive for Native students, said Eric Fry, spokesman for the state Department of Education and Early Development. Eighty-four schools statewide failed to meet requirements among the Alaska Native population during the 2007-2008 school year. That number fell to 79 last school year.

And then compare:

Statewide test results show significantly lower scores for Alaska Natives. Only 57 percent of Native children read at grade level compared with 89 percent of Caucasian students. In math, 50 percent of Native children are at grade level, compared with 78 percent of Caucasian kids.


Bill Hess said...

In the past, have put together some picture books for the North Slope Borough School District's bilingual education program, plus a local government history book and am always glad to see any progress. I see some very bright students out there in all the communities that I visit and, given the right conditions, there is no reason these students cannot be at the top of all the good lists.

I am also curious - do you ever read emails sent to you? Or, if you do, and you have seen none from me, then perhaps you can check your spam filter.

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