Selling Out New York City Children for Affirmative Action
by Lewis Loflin
Minority Teachers Can't Pass State Test, System Can't Teach Non-Asian Minorities to Read Either
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (www.fairtest.org) notes that New York City teachers are raising hell over the state imposing the requirement "that all classroom educators must pass the NTE, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) product formerly called the National Teachers Exam."
As usual with anything that tests actual academic qualifications where everybody takes the same exam and is treated equally, they cry racism. To quote them,
With Albany now taking over licensing in all jurisdictions, New York City teachers are forced to meet the state's rules, which include posting specified scores on all three parts of the NTE. Away from the world of ETS exams for a decade or more, some have now taken the test three, four and even five times without passing. Others have been forced to take expensive coaching courses to beat the test.
A large number of independent studies have concluded that the NTE is a biased exam that cannot accurately separate those likely to be competent teachers from those who would not succeed in the classroom (see Examiner, Fall 1988). According to state reports, African American and Latino candidates in New York have a failure rate of about 60% on the NTE. Three out of four white test-takers pass the exam (see Examiner, Winter 87-88)...
Today, 70% of the teachers in the N.Y.C. school system are white, but 80% of students come from other racial groups. Reliance on the NTE is likely to broaden this gap.
In 2010 the white population has dropped to 14%. But how is it biased? Just because minority teachers can't pass the exact same test whites take is not bias but lack of ability. How does one racially bias a math or science test? The reason Albany took over the schools is because they can't teach non-Asian minorities in sufficient numbers to read past the eight grade level.
They believe the tests are biased because when treated equally, minority teachers, likely the products of affirmative action race quotas that hire by race and not competence, the test revealed results they want suppressed. That problem is evident not only on teacher exams, but in the schools in general. Quoting Sol Stern of City Journal:
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), widely considered the "gold standard" in standardized testing. If children don't reach reading proficiency by the eighth grade, they'll almost always hit a wall in other subjects, and they're unlikely to catch up in the next four years.
By that standard, the educational prospects for most of New York City's 1 million public school students are dismal: only 21 percent of the city's eighth-graders reached the proficiency level on the 2009 NAEP reading test. (The tests take place every two years; the 2011 results will come out this autumn.) Even more ominously, no more than 12 percent of the city's black eighth-graders achieved proficiency...
What solution does Fair Test support for teachers even with this kind of massive failure?
Rather than the test, the Committee for a Fair Licensing Procedure wants all teachers with appropriate college degrees (which could be based on affirmative action quotas) three years of satisfactory ratings in the classroom (and anyone that doesn't give the desired rating will be charged with racism and lose their job) to gain automatic certification. An alternative process based on performance, not test scores, would be developed for incoming teachers.
In other words, they don't want them tested because race quotas doesn't lead to the hiring of competent teachers and nullifying affirmative action racism must be avoided at all cost. If "minorities" are so insistent on "equal rights" then they must submit to equal treatment. Kids are expendable, affirmative action racism comes first.
The fact is whites and Asians in the same schools as Hispanics and blacks can succeed in large numbers. The problem isn't the schools and that's not racism, it's lack of ability, culture, or whatever the problem is be it minority students or minority teachers. Go argue with the 12 percent pass rates.
Equal treatment for all, one standard for all, end affirmative action racism.
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