Test-Score Gap Widens Between White, Black Students in Chicago

Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Sun-Times, December 18, 2013

The performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students—and between its poorest students and their wealthier classmates—continues to widen, newly released data show.

Black Chicago Public Schools students fell further behind whites in three of four key measures, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation’s Report Card.


CPS has identified four priority groups that have become the focus for improvement: blacks, Latinos, students learning English and those with disabilities.


“Thanks to the hard work of teachers, principals and families, our students continue to make meaningful progress, but we still have a long way to go for every child to be 100 percent college ready and college bound,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.

The report shows that despite steady improvements over the last decade, Chicago still lags behind most major U.S. cities in math and reading at the fourth- and eighth-grade levels.

The gap in fourth-grade math test scores between black and white students in Chicago widened to 40 points—the largest gap since the national study began in 2003, and significantly wider than the 31-point gap in the average major U.S. city.

Though the average white student was graded as “proficient” with “solid academic performance” in fourth-grade math, the average black student was just over the threshold for “basic” understanding, or a “partial mastery” at that stage, according to the report.


[Editor’s Note: According to this source 42 percent of CPS students are black, 44 percent are Hispanic, and 9 percent are white.]

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  • JohnEngelman

    The conclusion from facts like this is so obvious it does not need to be stated.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      ““Thanks to the hard work of teachers, principals and families, our students continue to make meaningful progress, but we still have a long way to go for every child to be 100 percent college ready and college bound,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.”

      There it is right there. The way pandering politicians use “education” to…promise absurd and ridiculous things. Really Rahm? EVERY child, 100% “college ready” and 100% college bound?

      HA HA HA! Really, Rahm?

      Pseudo-Marxist liblefty totalitarian democracy relies on all cattle being dutifully herded through their indoctrination centers and publically supported propaganda thinktanks – liberal arts universities. This is the refuge for their propagandists and this is their dream – all people thinking “properly” – like them.

      Speech is evidence for thoughtcrime. Ask that Duck Dynasty yahoo, eh?

      • Max Krakah

        It makes one wander just how long liberals are going to cling to the clearly false belief that blacks are capable of the same thing whites are . They clearly aren’t. Just WHAT is this charade for? No one is fooled anymore.

  • dd121

    This result has been repeated over and over. The only thing that changes is who the libs blame it on.

    • jane johnson

      No, the “who” remains the same; it is only the “what” that changes. White oppression. White privilege. White flight. See the pattern?

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        Yes. The exact thing they claim whites are doing to lower minorities’ scores changes, but they always find some way to blame it on whites, even if they have to invent a massive and completely lunatic conspiracy theory to do it (white privilege).

      • Franklin_Ryckaert

        “Institutional racism” is the new mantra. When that will be exhausted they will come up with “unconscious racism” of Whites to blame for black under performance.

    • TheAntidote

      Well, if society finally does away white Santas I think you will see the negro, mulatto, and mestizo kids really take off academically. I read an article in Slate that describes the crippling raycizm which sets in when a minority child has to sit on a “bubble gum pink” Santa’s leg. An affirmative action campaign of Idi-Amin lookalike Santas will cure everything.

  • Oil Can Harry

    For years the so-called experts blathered that the black-white gap was narrowing; even the shrewd Charles Murray bought into this idea.

    However, after a recent crackdown in high school cheating the “achievement gap” is back to where it was for decades. Well whaddaya know…

  • Puggg

    The performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students—and
    between its poorest students and their wealthier classmates—continues to
    widen, newly released data show.

    What this means is that the white student in the Chicago public schools scored better this year than he or she did last year.

    • Allan477

      I doubt that there are many wealthy students–Black, White, or Purple–in Chicago Public Schools.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Or the blacks scored worse than they did last year. Black scores are dropping as African refugees (like Somalis) become a larger percentage of the total black population. The refugees have virtually no white admixture and have correspondingly lower IQ scores when compared to American blacks who have significant white admixture.

      And even among the American blacks, their reproduction has been highly dysgenic for a long time now. The dumbest women are having the most children and the smartest ones are having few (and often none). This has been going on long enough to be showing effects in the current black school age population. I expect to see their scores continue to drop so long as dysgenic fertility is subsidized by the state. It won’t be a plunge, but it will be a steady, unceasing creep downwards.

      The whites might be scoring better too though, I don’t know. I remember reading recently that Chicago public schools are becoming more segregated. Perhaps being away from blacks is giving them a better education and allowing them to score somewhat higher than before.

      • Max Krakah

        I read somewhere that blacks in inner cities score the same on IQ tests as africans do.

    • Lee_CPA

      The politically correct try to explain the differences between the races by pointing to socioeconomics, a fancy term for poor vs wealthy. But, what they don’t admit is that on the SAT for example, white students with incomes $80k.

  • MekongDelta69

    Should read:
    The performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students… will NEVER close. Got that?

  • bigone4u

    I pity the 9 percent white boys and girls who are mixed in with “diversity.” I strongly believe the whites would have done even better if they attended segregated schools. White kids can learn and want to learn, but surrounded by a sea of black faces and dysfunction, they are held back.

    • MBlanc46

      I suspect that the magnet schools and other selective public schools are pretty segregated.

  • Druid

    Can anyone imagine being part of one of these study groups who come up with this “data” and trying to look mystified as to what could be the cause of it?

  • pcmustgo

    Funny, many white liberals thought electing Barack Obama would raise test scores for blacks.

    • Max Krakah

      It makes one wonder though. When libs finally do come to the conclusion that blacks are not improvable nor capable of civilization, just what will libs do then? My guess is that they will be for a eugenic solution. They are convinced right now that “white” people are the reason blacks fail, and that this justifies all sorts of terrible injustices towards whites. The idea that whites are responsible for the failure of blacks though is quickly being discredited. Once it is then libs , who have no ethical nor moral checks on their behaviors or policies, will be for the wholesale elimination of blacks. Perhaps that is why they cling so fiercely to their belief that anyone and everything OTHER than blacks is responsible for the state of blacks, because their belief system would otherwise demand a quite brutal solution to the black situation.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Mother Nature wins . . . again.

  • Stroke students’ esteem and public for more money. Shake off poor performance. Repeat.

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

    • Laika


  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Hilarious how they included Blacks and Browns as “priority groups” with retards, that need “improvement” in academics.

  • withcaution

    Remember the liberals proclaiming “The Obama Effect” i.e. closing of the achievement gap in early 2009? Blacks now had a hero and could stop “pretending to be dumb”.

    • Truthseeker

      Instead, they felt emboldened to wear their dumbness like a badge of honor, because they no longer felt any pressure to meet the white man’s standards.

  • dave

    It’s like comparing a corvette with a pinto.

    • Laika

      or thoroughbreds to mules.

  • Laika

    “The performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students.”

    What white students?

  • Strike_Team

    Are there any white students left in Chicago public schools? In L.A. for example, whites are actually less than 15% of the students in public schools.

    • withcaution

      and imagine the caliber of white that would choose to stay amongst all that diversity!

      • Strike_Team

        Some might have no say-so in how to get out. I grew up poor in what was basically an Hispanic area. My father passed away when I was young and the area turned into Mexico rather quickly. At first it appeared as if it was going to become black, but then it became brown instead. My mother couldn’t afford to get out of there on her own with four kids. And she would never accept any kind of public assistance. We toughed it out and things are alright these days.

        The whites that actually choose to go to public schools in situations like this when they don’t have to are idiotic.

        • MBlanc46

          “The whites that actually choose to go to public schools in situations like this when they don’t have to are idiotic.”

          Though I don’t know the details, I doubt that many white Chicago children go to the neighborhood public schools. They created magnet schools and other types of selective schools to keep white kids in the city.

  • mobilebay

    One of those focus groups – students learning English – shouldn’t even be there. Is there anyone in Washington who has the backbone to say “Enough?” Every last illegal needs to be sent across the border no matter where they came from. Let ’em get home the same way they got here.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      The amount of money we spend trying to teach these kids English is mindblowing. This shouldn’t even be a line item on schools’ expense reports. There shouldn’t be any non-English speakers in our schools.

      Non-English speaking white immigrants were always expected to learn English on their own time and their own dime. Why do the descendants of (mostly) illegal alien invaders get cushier treatment than our own people did?

  • Luca

    Most of the social ills with the American negro population started with the Civil Rights Movements in the early 60’s and really picked up steam from 1965 forward. With each new entitlement handed out to them, they took less and less responsibility, exerted less effort and achieved less in all social areas. They can now be admitted to and graduate from college with lower scores and less effort than their peers in other racial groups.

    In the Obama era, they have become further emboldened as witnessed by fewer efforts in school and society and expecting more benefits for doing less.

    For some icing on the cake, I just heard today Obama has granted pardons and commutations of crack cocaine dealers to equal out the social justice that we all need so badly. I’m sure we’ll see the article in Amren shortly, judging by their names they appear to be the usual suspects.

    If they continue to reward and pardon failure we can expect more fun and games.

    Whatever you reward you get more of.

  • Hunter Morrow


    1. There was a gap because black living conditions were inferior to White living conditions.

    2. The “closing of the gap” was just black prosperity from Post-War Period
    through the Clinton years.

    3. There has been no increase comparable to their living condition and now we are in an economic and civilizational recession. All IQ gains were just from improved environment and civilization. All improved environment IQ scores and similar proxies did not have enough time to raise the mean IQ of the race because the right people weren’t breeding for long enough (it is possible that a race’s mean IQ on average, if it raises, raising 1 point every 30 to 50 generations (500 to 1000 years, basically).

    4. The Great Society, however, did finance an intellectual dysgenic breeding of
    blacks. The dumbest of the dumb are now 4th generation welfare recipients, the
    great-great-grandchildren of the dumbest people in the country. The stupid always
    have more children than the smart: Intelligence negatively correlates to birth.

    The dumbest people got paid trillions of dollars for 5 decades to have children. Great Society Equals Idiocracy.But the movie shouldn’t have started with the socially acceptable target of stupid breeding, the White redneck. It should have started with a black or hispanic “single mother” waddling to her mailbox for a government check.

    Lower Test Scores: No environment improvement, reversion to the mean.

    • M.

      One of the reasons I hate socialism. Nothing is more dysgenic than socialism.

      • WR_the_realist

        I wish that John Engleman, who opposes dysgenics, but advocates socialism, would understand this.

  • Lord_Steven_Regal

    “We still have a long way to go for every child to be 100 percent college ready and college bound,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.
    That will never happen, nor should it.

    • Also in the news, Mayor Emanuel announced “We still have a long way to go for every blind paraplegic to be 100 percent ready for admission into the US navy SEALs”.

  • Lord_Steven_Regal

    “CPS has identified four priority groups that have become the focus for improvement: blacks, Latinos, students learning English and those with disabilities.”
    So, in essence, blacks and Latinos need as much help as white students with disabilities and students that can’t speak English. Sounds about right.

  • Spartacus

    Proffesor Shlomo told me that we’re all the same, so this is obviously a result of White racism.


    • Lord_Steven_Regal

      I saw someone today arguing that “Race is a social construct.” You know that he’s been parroting that line since Professor Shlomo put it in his head.

  • bubo

    Whites have higher IQ’s than blacks. It’ll be like that from now until eternity.

  • Yale2001

    Anybody surprised? ………….anybody?

  • haroldcrews

    Water at room temperature remains wet.

  • WR_the_realist

    Only 9% of the students are white. Do they get body guards?

    • Jack Burton

      That’s like a crucible. Any Whites that make it out of there will be tough as nails.

  • Jack Burton

    Another question you should ask is why are they always comparing blacks to Whites, why not compare them to Asians who often have a greater disparity in standard of living and achievement.

    Their main agenda isn’t trying to close gaps, they’re trying to demoralize and harass Whites, keeping this victimology racket going.

  • Bunky

    Kneisha, what’s two plus two?
    Uh… uh, duh,… uh.
    OK, that satisfies the basic mastery of math requirement.

  • negrolocaust

    even though blacks may statistically perform lower on tests, there certainly are academically gifted black people. in my academic career in the hard sciences i.e. biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, i have witnessed black students who outperformed entire classes of mostly jewish students. statistics aside; do not underestimate them. you do so at your own risk.

  • Terra Magnum Imperium

    Agreed, same s#*t different millennium.