75% of black California boys don’t meet state reading standards

The data provide a unique glimpse of how gender interacts with race and class in mastery of basic reading, writing and listening skills tested on state exams. While California publishes separate figures on the performance of various ethnic and economic groups, it does not make public a more detailed breakdown of how boys and girls are performing within those groups. State officials say they do not sort the data that way because of complexity, cost and time constraints.

  • Shebel

    Right. In California– complexity , time and cost are disillusionments—-
    of -the Republicans.

  • roccolore

    We know that blacks like to ditch school and protest…then whine about how there’s no money for schools.

  • canminuteman

    So they can sort data by race and class, but it’s to complicated to sort it by race?

  • Millie_Woods

    The other 25% were advised by their court-appointed lawyers not to answer the question.

  • marty_p

    Obviously the test is biased and was written by racists.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Literacy is cultural appropriation. Do away with it.

  • Clink9

    Guess they thought they could get by on their good looks.

  • Frances

    Actually, it you read the whole thing, there is a gap between boys and girls in reading that persists across class structures and countries. It’s just more extreme in Calfornia among blacks. What’s really worrisome is that “educators” are generally just shrugging their shoulders at this gap where they actively worked to erradicate the gap between girls and boys in maths. They need to sort out the “whys” and figure out strategies to get boys reading more and better.

    • canminuteman

      I know about in other jurisdictions, but around here I suspect that the reason boys don’t read much is the crap that they try to get them to read at school bores them to tears. Both of my children are highly literate and can read and understand anything you put in front of them. My older son who is in grade 8 read all the Lord of the RIngs books when he was in grade 5. My younger son read all the Harry Potter books in grade 3. Trying to get them interested in reading now is almost impossible.

      • Frances

        Did you ever try them on the works of Rosemary Sutcliffe or abridged versions of some of the old classics by Robert Louis Stevenson (“Treasure Island”, “KIdnapped”, etc)? There’s some adventure yarns out there.

        • canminuteman

          I have got him to read Farley Mowat, Lord of The Flies, and a bunch of other books I thought he might like. We used to go to the library every couple of weeks and have daily reading time, but we don’t any more. Over the summer holiday we will again. He has ready Rosemary Sutcliffe, but not RL Stevenson. Some of the old classics are so old I think younger people now have a hard time relating to them.

          • Frances

            That’s a shame. I always enjoyed the “old” books – took me away from what I considered a rather mundane existence to a more exciting life back in history. And that was true even though the books had mostly male characters.

        • Clausewitz

          I know these are passé today but growing up the first series I read was the Power Boys. From there it was on to Hammond Innes and CS Forester. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/087d6cb14f5680f7d2e6fc82f7c17e9eed56a83083ff6496acdc3d13a1463f98.png

  • Clausewitz

    Being able to read would be acting white. Totally frowned upon in Compton.