One Reason Why Math Scores are Higher than Reading Scores

“Math scores outshined reading scores for several grade levels in four western Kansas districts last school year,” says the Hutchinson News.

It mentions as one reason the high number of Spanish-speaking children in the districts. Reading tests, by their nature, are more demanding of a student’s English language skills than a math test. (To accentuate the difference, students can take the math tests in Spanish.)

Officials in Garden City USD 457 say that just over a quarter of their students do not speak English as a first language. Further, “About 65 percent of Liberal USD 480’s student population consists of Hispanic students,” though there’s no indication of how many of those students don’t speak English at home.

It’s true enough that when there’s a large number of students who don’t speak the language at home, there’s some work that needs to be done. Then again, that means that schools need to adapt to the new situation.

One fact that doesn’t seem to change much from the western districts to the state as a whole: student performance declines as the grade level goes up.

Source: Western schools’ scores: It’s in the numbers, The Hutchinson News, December 27.

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