The science education gap widens

According to a Department of Education report that came out last week, Colorado is in the top half of states on science scores for kids in grades 4, 8, and 12.

This is a good thing, right?

Not necessarily.

Turns out, if you look at the data a little more closely, not all kids in Colorado are doing so great. White students are doing better than their African-American and Latino peers, and kids who are eligible for free/reduced lunch (an indication of poverty, and most of ELK’s kids) are doing worse than their classmates.

Let’s add some other data to the mix. Kids Count is a great resource, but only brings us bad news. In Denver County, our African-American and Latino students are doing far worse than their peers on the CSAP science scores, with 15% and 12% proficient, respectively. That means: 15% of our kids know anything about science.

This should be a call for alarm in our community, that something is terribly wrong with how our kids are learning about science. The education gap continues to widen, and the kids who need our help the most are falling further and further back.

As a community, we have a responsibility not to let our kids down.