MAP data reveal racial disparity across Columbia Public Schools

Thursday, August 16, 2012 | 3:37 p.m. CDT; updated 3:35 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 21, 2012

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COLUMBIA — Data from the 2012 Missouri Assessment Program show a significant disparity between white and black students’ performance for all of Columbia Public Schools.

The Columbia Missourian broke down data from the Missouri Department of Education’s website by school, grade and race. The data show that 10 of the 26 Columbia schools with data listed have a large enough population of both white and black students to meet the state threshold for reporting data by race. There are 28 public schools in Columbia.

All 10 of those schools had at least an 18 percentage-point disparity in the number of white and black students who scored either “proficient” or “advanced” on MAP exams.

Janet Duncan of the Missouri Department of Education’s Office of Accountability said that in order for a racial or ethnic subgroup to be counted in the results, there have to be at least five students who fit that description within a given grade level.

Every third- through eighth-grader in Missouri public schools took one test in mathematics and one in communication arts. Fifth- and eighth-graders took an additional test in science. Tenth- and 11th-graders took end-of-course exams in algebra I, biology and English II.

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