Fewer than 1 in 5 black Kansas students are proficient

Yesterday I looked at the performance of white students in Kansas on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

How have racial minorities in Kansas fared? The U.S. Department of Education has a page that lets us compare scores across states. In this post, we’ll discuss black students.

Reading

Scores reported as national/Kansas

Grade four

  • Scale score: 204/210 *
  • Percentage of student scoring “at or above proficient”: 15/20 *

Grade eight

  • Scale score: 245/248 *
  • Percentage of student scoring “at or above proficient”: 13/14*

Mathematics

Grade four

  • Scale score: 222/224 *
  • Percentage of student scoring “at or above proficient”: 15/18*

Grade eight

  • Scale score: 260/264 *
  • Percentage of student scoring “at or above proficient”: 12/15*

Conclusion

In every one of these four key tests, black Kansas students had nominally better scores than black students nationally. But in each case, the differences were not statistically different. That is, we can’t be sure that the reported difference was due entirely to sampling error. Once again, we see that “Kansas schools do better than those in the rest of the country” just doesn’t match the reality on the ground. The differences on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are due to the state’s demographic profile rather than the superior performance of its schools.

Consider also that fewer than one in five black students in Kansas is proficient in either math or reading.

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