"The designations are based on performances on Pennsylvania System of School Assessment standardized tests.
“Just because a district fails to make AYP (adequate yearly progress) does not mean that all schools and students are not performing,” said Leah Harris, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. “If you are in an urban school with 30 subgroups — white, black, Hispanic, Native American, (Individualized Education Program) — and one of those subgroups fails to hit the target, then the whole school misses.”"- DailyTimes
Now I'm trying to wrap my brain around what I have just read. According to an article published by the DailyTimes Chester Upland falls at the bottom of the pile and fails to make AYP. Not a surprise but what did come as a surprise is how Leah Harris, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Dept of Edu. pretty much blamed it on the testing of racial "subgroups" like White, Black, Hispanic, Native American and so on. Maybe I'm misunderstanding this or maybe we are still in the days of Jim Crow. Basing our testing on race as opposed to economic class is astonishing to me. Are we still that clueless? Do we still believe that skin color decides I.Q? When will we realize that this has more to do with Economic Class "subgroups" and nothing to do with Skin Color "subgroups"? Better access to resources equals better education, hands down. So the question becomes... why don't these children have access to a decent education and what is happening in the community they live in that they are not learning?
Racial Subgroups...that's just freakin' ridiculous.