Final results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Test, which were released Thursday, reveal a significant achievement gap between minorities and whites. Low income and students with disabilities also scored low on the statewide assessment.
The scores are part of the final results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
According to Department of Education officials African Americans showed 22 percent proficiency in math and 36 percent proficiency in English. Hispanics scored 40 percent proficiency in English and 29 percent in math.
Whites on the other hand scored an average 64 percent in English and 51 percent in math. Asian Americans scored the highest at 73 percent proficiency in math and 80 percent in English.
Students with disabilities scored 15 percent proficiency in English; 10 percent in math. Low income students scored 23 percent in math and 35 percent in English.
The test was also a challenge for students who are still learning English. They scored 15 percent proficiency in both math and English.
Officials said these numbers aren’t too surprising since this a trend on a national level. They did, however, state that this is a sign there’s more work to do in terms of closing the achievement gap.
Similar to the preliminary results, which were released in early September, younger students performed better than high school students. Officials say this is because high school students didn’t have as much exposure to the test.
What did students think?
After filling out surveys distributed by the DOE elementary and middle students expressed more enthusiasm for the test than high school juniors. Younger students said they tried their hardest—high school students said they did not.
Elementary and middle school said the lessons they received in class prepared them for the test. High school students said they did not.
Teachers and the Common Core
Teachers are supporters of Common Core standards according to a Harvard University study.
“Many of our teachers have embraced the Common Core Standards,” said DOE Chief Academic Officer Michael Watson “This is really encouraging.”
The study took teacher input from a number of states.
A number of low income schools showed high performance. Schools such as Booker T. Washington Elementary, Towne Point Elementary, South Dover, Lake Forest South and East performed higher than the state average.
North Dover Elementary, a school known for having a low income minority community is outperforming similar schools.