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  • Protesters Call High School Exit Exam 'Racist'

    let's see....2+2=4, Washington was the 1st president, and man landed on the moon in 1969.

    that doesn't change no matter WHAT color you are. did the fact that maybe you are stupid factor in to the idea of why you don't good on tests.

    Protesters Call High School Exit Exam 'Racist' - Critics Say Tests Are Biased Toward Whites, Asians
    NBC 4 - Los Angeles ^ | Feb. 26, 2003 | NBC 4

    Posted on 02/27/2003 9:36 AM PST by Civilization 3

    LOS ANGELES -- Demonstrators urged the Los Angeles school board Tuesday to reconsider the use of tests they say are racist and unfair to blacks and Latinos.

    Some people believe the California High School Exit Exam and other standardized tests are culturally biased toward whites and Asians.

    "We are concerned about the racist tests that are going on in the schools today," said Paige Leven of the Coalition for Educational Justice.

    The demonstration was timed to coincide with proposal from school board members Genethia Hudley Hayes, who is black, and Jose Huizar, who is of Latino descent. They want state officials to explore the "legal, financial and policy implications of establishing a moratorium on the high stakes consequences of the (high school exit exam)."

    At the same time, Hayes and Huizar want to continue using results from the exit exam as a "diagnostic tool."

    Whites and students of Asian descent typically score better than blacks and Latinos on standardized tests. Huizar said the gap was at least a "20-25 percent disparity."

    Last spring, the school board voted 4-1 to consider alternatives to the Stanford 9 and high school exit exam after Hayes and Huizar suggested the tests were biased against nonwhites from poor families.

    But Superintendent Roy Romer said the two tests are required by state law.

    Tuesday, Hayes and Huizar proposed that the district consider adopting or expanding "alternative or interim assessments to improve the quality of information available to individual classroom teachers."

    The alternatives would include "language arts performance assignments" for grades 2-9 and quarterly assessments in math.

    Hayes and Huizar also want to create a task force to devise an "Opportunity to Learn Index that would provide public information on ... students' equitable access to tools, resources and materials that inform the educational conditions under which they are assessed."

    Demonstrators said many inner-city students were disadvantaged.

    "We have very little funds. We have very little books," said Victor Banuelos, an 11th-grade student at Los Angeles High School.

    Hayes said she was concerned that the district was considering offering two kinds of high school diplomas -- one saying the student passed the exit exam, and the other saying he or she did not.

    The school board will vote on the Hayes-Huizar proposal in two weeks.
    I'll post, You argue.

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    quote:
    We have very little books.
    Let me guess...this idiot slept through English class.....
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    • #3
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      LOL You said 'clip'
      "When you guys get home and face an anti-war protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she's dating a *****."
      -Commanding General, 1st Marine Division

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      • #4
        i guess the "very little books" are pretty hard to read because of the "very little text" printed on the "very little pages".

        I'll post, You argue.

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        • #5
          Our Civil Service hiring exam was deemed racist. How does a test on reading comprehension become racist? Now our test is video based & we still have a low passing rate.

          Maybe they need to take this one. See how many you get. It just takes 4 correct answers to pass.

          1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?

          2) Which country makes Panama hats?

          3) From which animal do we get catgut?

          4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

          5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?

          6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?

          7) What was King George VI's first name?

          8) What color is a purple finch?

          9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

          10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

          All done? How do you think you did? Pretty simple? Here are the answers:

          1) 116 years.

          2) Ecuador.

          3) Sheep & horses.

          4) November.

          5) Squirrel fur.

          6) Dogs.

          7) Albert.

          8) Crimson.

          9) New Zealand.

          10) Orange.

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          • #6
            It's things like this that pain me to be an American.
            On the wings of a dove
            Let's roll for justice
            Let's roll for truth
            Let's not let our children grow up
            Fearful in their youth -- Neil Young

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            • #7
              The racism accusation is completely facetious.

              Stanford did a study on this regarding the S.A.T's and Black males a few years ago.

              When told that the test didn't matter, these black males did fine.

              When told that this test was comparing how black males did against white and asian males, the black guys did noticably worse than the prior group.

              Does that mean all these critics who are calling the tests racist are the real reason black kids do worse?..
              Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn't any. But this wrongs the jackass.
              -Mark Twain

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              • #8
                All i can say is...Affermativ action is reverse racisim. Make people equal, simple as that. why should other races and colors get any special treatment, like a scholorship oppertunity. Thats not fair. It just isn't
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                • #9
                  The answer to this quandry is simple, if kids of any color would pay attention in class, they could pass tests.

                  Tests have been dumbied down so bad since I took the Civil Service test in 1980 it is unreal. Now they give applicants a study guide for the test and a large number of them still flunk.

                  Reading comprehension is not a racially biased ability. It is simply the ability to reads a few paragraphs and answer a few questions. if the question cannot be answered, the paragraph is still above the question for ready referance.
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