NAACP Continues War Against Tests and Education

Education, if there’s anything more racist than that, it’s probably peanut butter or America. Sadly this will undoubtedly work, just as the lawsuit against the New York Fire Department’s racist test-based hiring practices worked.

On Thursday, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund is filing a federal civil rights complaint, challenging the city’s admissions process for eight specialized high schools, including Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech.

“There is a single two-and-a-half hour multiple choice test that is the sole criterion for admissions,” said Rachel Kleinman of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. “So, no matter how good your grades are, no matter what your teachers say about you, you could win the national spelling bee. None of that matters.”

Save us Attorney General Eric Holder, they’re using a “test” as a criteria instead of “what teachers say about you” and how quickly they promoted you to get you out of their class.

Don’t they know that all tests are inherently racist? But why did the NAACP choose Rachel Kleinman to represent its bogus lawsuit, instead of a proud woman of color? I hope they didn’t use some kind of performance based measure of lawyer selection or they might have to sue themselves.

30,000 eighth graders take the Specialized High School exam each year and many prepare extensively, spending weekends and after-school time taking test prep courses.

And although the majority of city students are black or Hispanic, most specialized high school students are Asian or white.

Clearly the test reflects that notorious Asian/White bias.

“African-American and Latino students who are qualified to be in these schools, who have strong indicators of academic merit, are not getting in because they are not doing as well on this test,” Kleinman said.

But the test is the qualifier. How can they be qualified if they aren’t scoring well on the test?

There is no serious case being made here that the test is in way discriminatory. Instead the results of the test are proof of discrimination. So the actual challenge uses an even more bonkers argument.

The complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights—the agency’s civil rights enforcement arm—alleges that the New York City Department of Education and New York State Department of Education have never conducted a study to determine whether the test is a valid tool; in other words, it cannot ensure that there is any relationship between students’ test results and learning standards in the Specialized High Schools.

Suppose that tests are not indeed valid indicators of student learning standards, does that make them discriminatory?

Jose L. Perez, Associate General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF added, “The New York City and State Departments of Education should follow the trend of other elite high school and colleges throughout the nation that consider multiple factors, including grades, and even geography. At the very least, the Specialized High Schools admissions policy should give all students of a fair chance to demonstrate their academic merit.”

But here’s the thing… a standardized test is as fair as you’re going to get. Grades from different schools are not equivalent. Using geography is silly. If you’re going to have advanced schools, then the students who go to them should be advanced, rather than geographically advanced. Everyone goes into a room with the same test. It’s the most unracist process you can imagine, which is why the advocates of racial preferences are foaming at the mouth over it.

But at least there isn’t a Muslim angle to it. Wait there is…

In addition to the impact on African-American and Latino students, the current policy harms many Asian students, as well.  Monami Maulik, Executive Director of DRUM, said “Low-income South Asian students are also excluded from access to the NYC Specialized Schools.  In particular, thousands of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and Nepali students are grossly under-represented due to solely test score based admissions that marginalize young people from often under-resourced NYC public schools. Although these students fall under the ‘Asian-American’ category, they are one of many low-income Asian student groups who are not being admitted in any adequate numbers.”

So why are schools with Pakistanis under-resourced as opposed to schools with Chinese in them? Huge numbers of low-income Chinese make it to New York City and get into elite schools. Why can’t Pakistanis do it?

There’s no argument here, just quota arm waving about diversity being our strength. You know what else is our strength? People who can pass tests without whining about it or demanding equal representation based on their race. Oh right, that used to be our strength.

The NAACP’s data shows that American Indians had a 15.7 percent acceptance rate. Asian-Americans had a 35 percent acceptance rate, ahead of whites at only 30.6 percent. Latinos had a 6 percent acceptance rate and blacks had a 5 percent rate.

If this racist test of doom (TM) is truly racist, then why does it seem to favor Asians over whites? Why do Native Americans seem fairly competitive when it comes to this test?

The heteronormative patriarchy of white privilege must really have been working overtime to deliberately exclude blacks and hispanics, while including Asians and Native Americans, but excluding Pakistanis. It’s an impressive achievement.

All the letters demand that New York City’s specialized schools stop looking at the damn test and embrace the entire “constellation” of a child’s activities that don’t depend on him answering questions.

“It is time to move beyond the test and look at the entire scope of a child’s abilities.”

Zakiyah Ansari, New York City mother of eight, Advocacy Director for The Alliance for Quality Education

“It’s time to end the discriminatory use of test scores to determine Specialized High Schools admission. College admissions offices do not rely on standardized exams as the sole factor to select students. Many of the most competitive colleges don’t require applicants to submit test scores at all.”

FairTest Executive Director Monty Neill

“Most selective schools and colleges across the country use multiple criteria, including letters of recommendation,grades, community
service and extracurricular activities, and more in making their admissions decisions.”

Ronnette Summers, parent leader, New York City Coalition for Educational Justice

Who needs to learn anything anyway? Just bring your letters of recommendation and your extracurriculars.

  • july

    If it was "white " students complaining they couldn't pass the test,they be laughed at.
    If the ACLU had any interest in fair education they would be trying to correct our failing school systems that turn out 1/2 of graduates that barely function at a 5th grade level instead of trying to force unqualified students into specialized education they will never comprehend .

    The ACLU is obviously staffed by incompetents that received educations they were unqualified for. I guess people with a 90 IQ can get a law license in liberal land.

  • Stuy grad

    It should be noted that Stuyvesant's curriculum emphasizes math and science. Testing qualification is essential.

  • aloyicious

    “Most selective schools and colleges across the country use multiple criteria, including letters of recommendation,grades, community service and extracurricular activities, and more in making their admissions decisions.”

    My daughter has made no attempt to apply to any college yet. She hasn't sent in applications, gathered letters of recommendation, sent in a list of extracurriculars – nothing. All she did was authorize the company that does the ACT testing to send out her TEST SCORES.

    Harvard has sent letters. Yale sent an entire book, along with letters to her, postcards to her mother and I – even invited us to a special informational meeting here in the farmlands of the midwest.

    I think maybe test scores ARE a consideration for "selective schools"

    • SpazeCraft

      they shouldnt be the ONLY criteria is the point.

  • http://rau.3littlefoxes.com Lfox328

    Here's the thing – if a student who doesn't test well, and may not have mastered the specific material that is focused on (math and science), actually gets in, that just makes them the lowest scoring student in the school. NOT a good place to be in those very competitive high schools.

    At the School of Performing Arts, white are less likely to be admitted. If they had an affirmative action that let them in anyway, minorities would be foaming at the mouth.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "At the School of Performing Arts, white are less likely to be admitted. If they had an affirmative action that let them in anyway, minorities would be foaming at the mouth."

      What was once known as "Affirmative Action" is now "Slave Reparations and Success Equity." They will NEVER give up the power either, even after succeeding in making another slave class. It was never about equity of opportunity for most people, for them it was about power.

    • SpazeCraft

      I disagree, I went to Laguardia in '86 & there was definitely more white kids then kids of color, especially since MLK HS was right next door with MOSTLY kids of color.

      Its about multiple measures, not just bashing this single test. One cannot assess holistically the aptitude of a child without using multiple markers. see Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences for ref. He taught at Harvard.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "There’s no argument here, just quota arm waving about diversity being our strength. You know what else is our strength? People who can pass tests without whining about it or demanding equal representation based on their race."

    I've been saying this quietly for years. I can't yell about it living in California. I'd get killed by the first non-violent liberal who could reach my throat upon hearing it.

    "Oh right, that used to be our strength."

    Some day again. These laws are easy to strike down once the damage becomes more clear and these idiots fail to raise any functional people to find their way through the judicial systems. If Iran doesn't get a nuke to threaten us with. Then we may as well all prepare to convert or die.

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  • FrankLee

    The founder of the ACLU declared he wanted to use America's laws to destroy it. Many liberals want the same result. The dumbing down of America by slowing down the educational process with unqualified students in Specialized High Schools will help achieve that goal.
    The ACLU files a lot of nuisance suits just for legal fees.