Hispanic and Black Proficiency
According to the 2013 National Report Card, only 18 percent of Black and 20 percent of Latino fourth-graders were proficient readers. Math results were equally dismal with 18 percent of Blacks and 26 percent of Latinos scoring at or above grade level. In the 8th grade scores had little or no improvement, with reading proficiency dropping to 17% for Blacks and 22% for Latinos. Eighth grade math scores found only 14% of Blacks and 21% of Latinos had proficient skills.
What do you think would be the country’s reaction if 80% of low-income Latino and Black students lacked “proficient” food, housing, clothing and health care?