Questions of Bias Are Raised About a Teachers’ Exam in New York

Kate Taylor, New York Times, April 7, 2015

A federal judge is questioning whether a new exam for aspiring teachers in New York is discriminatory against minorities, a case that could derail the state’s efforts to create a more rigorous set of tests for entry into the profession.

Black and Hispanic applicants have been passing one of the exams, intended to measure reading and writing skills, at lower rates than white candidates, prompting concerns of decreased diversity in the teaching ranks.

The judge, Kimba M. Wood of Federal District Court in Manhattan, has asked the state for extensive documentation on the development of the test, which was first given during the 2013-14 school year.

The request came as part of a long-running case brought in 1996 by black and Hispanic teachers against New York City. In 2012, Judge Wood ruled that an older state-certification test, which was intended to measure teachers’ knowledge of the liberal arts and science, was racially discriminatory.

Although compensation has not yet been awarded, the city is expected to have to pay back wages to several thousand teachers who were demoted to being substitutes from the early 1990s to 2004, or were never hired as full-time teachers because they did not pass the older test.

The lawyer for the plaintiffs, Joshua Sohn, a partner at Mishcon de Reya New York, said that he did not know if the new test, the Academic Literacy Skills Test, was discriminatory. But, he said, given the fact that blacks and Hispanics are passing the test at lower levels than whites, “the court has an obligation to ensure that the historical discrimination is not continuing.”

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The earlier test that Judge Wood ruled was discriminatory, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test, was used until 2004. She said that because the minority candidates were failing that test in greater numbers, the burden was on public officials to prove the test served a valid purpose. In similar rulings, judges around the country have thrown out written exams for firefighters and police officers, ruling they were not relevant to the tasks they would perform.

Judge Wood ruled that officials had not shown that the material on the test “accurately measured the minimum knowledge about the liberal arts and sciences that teachers need to be competent.”

She is also expected to rule soon on whether a replacement test with the same name, which was in use from 2004 to 2013, was also discriminatory. If she decides that it was, thousands of additional people who failed the test during that time and thus were barred from full-time teaching positions could make claims against the city for back pay and other benefits. A testing expert appointed by the court submitted a report in February that concluded the state had not proved the test was relevant.

The new literacy test that is now under scrutiny by Judge Wood “requires the teacher to demonstrate an understanding of evidence found in texts and uses cogent reasoning to analyze and synthesize ideas,” according to the State Education Department. “The teacher produces complex and nuanced writing by choosing words, information, and structure deliberately for a given task, purpose, and audience.”

Sample questions provided by the state include a passage about Gertrude Stein’s life in Paris, followed by questions about the passage, and two passages about federal energy policy that the test-taker is asked to analyze in short written responses.

Kate Walsh, the president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, which advocates tougher certification requirements, said the judge’s questioning of the test was troubling. “I want to ask Judge Wood,” Ms. Walsh said, “would she be willing to have any of these teachers teach her own children or grandchildren, and I would bet my life she’d say no.”

“They’re saying, at the risk of not appearing racist, or at the risk of having to make a hard call against adults, I’m going to sacrifice the best needs of kids,” she added.

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The State Education Department on Tuesday would not release statistics showing passing rates by ethnicity, but officials have acknowledged that minority teaching candidates have not done as well as white candidates on the new test.

The racial makeup of the city’s teaching force has been a concern for years. While 41 percent of students in public schools are Hispanic and 25 percent are black, 60 percent of teachers are white, according to the city’s Education Department. Eighteen percent of teachers are black, and 15 percent are Hispanic.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    White teachers in their 20s tend to lean on the liberal democrat side, so let them get passed over in favor for unqualified minorities. I see it as a victory. America’s dumbest kids will only get dumber.
    However, hold your ground when minorities complain about difficult tests in a mostly white district.

    • Alden

      These are state and national tests

      • D.B. Cooper

        let thim hiere thoze ileterat teechers. wat harm is it? I meen whut cood go wong?

        • RagnarDanneskjold57

          Having taught in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia for a couple of decades before quitting the profession in disgust (with what I thought were migraine headaches and a peptic ulcer and were ultimately diagnosed as PTSD), I am more than a little interested in recent developments within the field of education.
          Firstly, the number of education majors in this country has dropped so precipitously within the last decade, that the rules of the teaching game have been radically altered. You can scarcely GIVE teaching jobs away today – especially in rural and inner-city schools. Charter schools, which have long been noted for paying lousy wages, providing lousy benefits, and firing “at will” (older/more experienced) teachers and replacing them with fresh recruits right out of the pipeline, are having a hell of a time filling their staffing lists. The teacher pipeline is drying up faster than a California viaduct. “Common Core” has succeeded in driving out way too many of the most creative and committed educators. (Imagine, in my case, having to teach the works of the Romance poets to mentally retarded 17 years olds who are functioning on a pre-school cognitive level! And then being held responsible by the state for their reaching “Proficient” levels equal to non-disabled peers!) Harsh working conditions – a dearth of resources (no textbooks, no desks, no copying machine, no school nurse, no counselor, no school teams or clubs, no art or music classes, etc.) – overloaded classes (I had 51 disabled students with IEP’s, 14 students with GIEP’s and 16 students with 504’s. I was also the head of the Resource Room. And the Testing Coordinator. And the proxy Counselor) – teacher assaults and rapes with no disciplinary measures taken against the transgressors – and the general atmosphere of ridicule and condemnation heaped upon over-burdened teachers by the general public these past several years – has ultimately succeeded in making the profession as popular as that of kamikaze pilots.
          For every 100 education majors graduating from a college teaching program today, fully 1/2 will never step foot inside a classroom. Of the remaining 50, 25 will be gone within a few years. Of the remaining 25, three-quarters will teach in either a public or private pre-school or elementary school – leaving about 6 or so to teach at the high school level. Of this six, maybe one or two – at most – will teach in high needs fields: Math, Science, Foreign Languages or (my former specialty) Special Education.
          Which begs the question: WHY would any teacher with a high-demand certification elect to teach in an inner-city school district where the pay is appreciably lower, the stress level (and danger level!) is appreciably higher, and the (largely minority) administrators are frequently inexperienced and/or inept? Why choose to work with students who are four or five grade levels below norm, who are openly defiant and habitually violent, whose parents are either absent or outrageously entitled and demanding, in programs where government, state and district protections encourage daily attacks against instructors while protecting the thugs who commit them? And then hold YOU responsible for not turning functionally illiterate cretins into Einsteins within a single term!
          In my years of teaching, I was stabbed four times, had my nose broken with an aluminum baseball bat, and my neck and wrist burned by acid thrown in a Chemistry Lab. Not one of the students involved got more than a three-day suspension before they were placed back in my classroom. For me, the breaking point came when I was assigned to teach at Bartram High in Philly- which must surely be one of the worst scholastic hell holes in the entire country. I refused the assignment and handed in my resignation. The sub who ended up taking the job – a man in his mid-60’s – was subsequently assaulted by one of his “scholars” and knocked unconscious in a hallway. (Check it out on YouTube.)
          Well, the system is finally reaping what it has sowed. Except for clueless young white girls from suburbia and even more clueless TFA tree huggers from the ivy’s – (men have all but vanished from the profession) – NO ONE WANTS TO BE A TEACHER ANYMORE! Even suburban districts are starting to feel the pinch, though it’s the urban and rural districts that are really scotched. Charter schools have a very tough time attracting qualified instructors – and a far more difficult time keeping those they do manage to attract. Substitute teachers are as scarce as hens’ teeth. (And no wonder! In Pennsylvania, three required clearances and FBI fingerprinting costs $50. And then there’s the cost of the physical examination and the required TB shot. A total of $200 outlay to net maybe $70 for eight hours of work in an urban Bedlam! What’s not to love?)
          For those who have not experienced it first-hand, it must all seem too unreal to be possible. For those of us who once had (or still have!) to face it five days a week, it was nothing short of a holocaust.
          Yes, it will be interesting (to say the least) to see how this all plays out.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            IT indeed a tragedy what has become of public education. Your experiences sound like 90% of your time was managing one crisis after another and only 10% actual classroom instruction. Gone are the days when teachers had the social standing along with doctors, surgeons, clergymen, and who dressed up in their Sunday best and wore gloves and pearls, and really did what they were hired to do.

            Btw, aren’t you the former Ragnar Redbeard Ghost? I remember some of our exchanges last fall.. i always thought you had the best moniker here. Have a great rest of the week!

          • RagnarDanneskjold57

            Close. I used to go by the moniker Greybeard. Now I have a new moniker. Same grey beard.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            As you well know, what’s taught in Ed school – and what the public is told about classrooms – is vastly, vastly different from what’s inside a modern-American classroom.

            And, what was inside YOUR classroom should have been in a 24/hour, locked-down psych unit! Students who were once labeled special Ed are now mainstreamed into regular classrooms – what you had were dangerous psychotics and sociopaths – unmedicated ones, that is – because, as you told me, the parents demand that they NOT be medicated during school hours – leaving you vulnerable to assaults and attacks.

            Of course, I’m glad you survived. You tell the best, funniest classroom stories of any teacher I know – and I know those incidences you relate were harrowing at the time.

            But…I know of a special Ed position that might be opening if you’re interested.

          • RagnarDanneskjold57

            Many, many thanks. But I honestly think I’d rather pick up cans along the freeways for recycling than ever go back into another classroom.

            But you’re quite correct in that – in order to keep one’s sanity – one HAS to develop a certain taste for combat humor. During our last round of state examinations (PSSA’s), the school district sent an “observer” into my special education classroom to make sure that I wasn’t helping my mentally disabled pupils – who mostly tested at pre-K cognitive levels – on their algebra/geometry exams. This royal pain-in-the-butt was about twenty-two years old and about 98 pounds soaking wet and he followed me around the room like an ugly blind date, sneering at me and recording on his clipboard “Teacher looked out the window for four seconds at 10:27 A.M.” and “Teacher blew his nose three times within an eight minute interval” and the like. This was as galling as hell, but where he REALLY made his mistake was in leaning over my emotionally disturbed pupils’ shoulders and getting right up in their noses, clicking his tongue in disgust as they drew vampires on their test sheets and hummed “I’m a Little Teacup” and such. Twice I tried to warn this fool that going eye-to-eye with a paranoid schizophrenic or a bipolar in manic phase was NOT a good idea. Twice he shushed me with a stern order to be quiet during testing sessions or he would have to report me. It was while he was issuing these threats that my sweet little schizophrenic threw her arms around his waist and screamed, “THE SNAKES! THE SNAKES! THEY”RE IN MY HAIR!!! THEY’RE EATING MY EYEBALLS!!! HELP ME!!! HELP ME!!!” If ever I saw a look of utter terror, it was all over the face of this administrative jackboot. A crowbar couldn’t have pried my delusional sophomore loose from his belt buckle (and I confess that I did nothing whatsoever to help) until he finally struggled his way to my classroom door, then dragged her halfway down the hallway until she finally released him and he took off like a bat out of hell for the faculty lounge. He was notably absent from my room the next two days of testing – for which I heartily thanked (Mary Kate) and then told her to leave her damn snakes alone and finish up her Math test if she wanted a Snickers bar. Which she cheerfully did.

            It is the rare, rare moments like this that made my former teaching career something approaching bearable.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Tell the readers here the story about your student who kept throwing her clothes off – ALL of her clothes – especially if there were workmen around.

          • RagnarDanneskjold57

            Ah, yes. A young lady by the name of (I kid you not) Felony. (I asked her if she was named after her father or her mother.) When I told her that her classroom performance and her general behavior were horrendous and asked her what she intended to do with her life after high school, she informed me that her ambition was to “work the poles” in the city. In all my Catholic school naiveté, I told her that she’d better study a lot harder and behave a lot better if she was planning on a career in politics. She looked at me like I was the dumbest thing on two feet. It was hardly my finest hour.

          • WR_the_realist

            Every white idiot who attends those White Privilege conferences should be required to teach at the sort of schools you’ve taught at. I know of no faster way to create a race realist.

          • Alden

            Surprised he didn’t report you for “lacking in classroom management skills”

          • Jaggers

            Thank you for that epic comment. I’m sick of neocons shilling for charter schools, by the way. Who wants to work more hours for less, with less job security? A masochist? They do not get better results regardless. It seems only race realists and actually some liberals, ironically, understand this.

          • Not just neocons anymore. Notice that the mainstream left, or neoliberals if you will, are now fully on board with charter schools. And the neolibs have significantly more muscle than teachers’ unions in Democrat Party affairs. One example is yesterday’s Chicago Mayor election.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            What the public does not understand and the media refuse to report is that charter schools have admission standards – if a kid or his parent doesn’t get with the “charter,” most of which have very strict standards for dress, behavior, attendance, etc. – then the kid is kicked back to the public schools – and WE have nowhere to send him after that, IOW, we are stuck with the worst kids. Charters cherry pick the best. Many do not take special Ed students while we are mandated to not only accept psychotic students, we must mainstream them in regular classrooms with YOUR child. Remember, the parent doesn’t want them medicated at school. I saw an unmedicated one go off yesterday – for about 3 hours…

            No problem – except the media won’t hesitate to compare charter vs. public schools – test scores, rates of suspension, attendance, arrest issues, etc., – all without telling the public about the fact that charter schools are free to easily expel students in a manner forbidden to public schools.

            I know because I check in kicked – out charter school students all the time.

            As I keep saying: What the public doesn’t know that goes on behind school room doors.

          • TruthBeTold

            Whenever I read a first-hand account like yours I always ask that the person consider writing a detailed account to be posted on AR.

            Please seriously consider writing your experience. You had a tremendous amount to say in this ‘short’ piece that I’m sure you could write a full length article.

            It’s important to get this information out. We need to get the truth out. People need to know what’s really going on in schools.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            I’ve been begging him to write about his experiences for years…

          • WR_the_realist

            You should be speaking at the next Amren conference.

          • Hammerheart

            That sounds rougher than a few of my deployments. You have my respect.

          • Kenneth B.

            Wonderfully written comment–I would love to read an article or two from you on this website as you go into more details. Fascinating stuff!

        • Das rite. Dem tests iz bein ray ciss to da ‘frican mericunz. An I say dat dey gots tuh hire da people dat prest da key ids dat iz mostly in da scew….(Buddy, if you can read this that far, good for you!)

  • JackKrak

    Kimba Wood was one of the first ten or twelve people – all Marxist women – that Clinton nominated for Attorney General before having to settle for Joe, er, Janet Reno because all the others had to withdraw their names for various embarrassing reasons.

    I’m sure she approached the issue of minority representation in government jobs in a fair and even-handed manner….

    • Kimba Wood and Zoe Baird were both found not to have paid social security taxes on illegal alien nannies that they had for their kids.

      • APaige

        Yes. So the job of the highest-ranking legal officer of the U.S government came down to a woman who did not have kids. Look at Janet Reno-no kids there.

      • Alden

        I remember that Kimba Wood was asked why she did not hire an American or legal immigrant

        Kimba claimed that she interviewed Americans but they refused to take the job because the family is Jewish She claimed one woman came all the way from Texas and refused the job because she refused to work for Jews

        The Jewish journals and magazines made a big deal of it No reasonable person would believe such a tale but the Jewish press made a big deal of it.

  • Hold the phone.

    We were told in screeds like Waiting for Superman that we need all these great teachers in order to Fix the Schools.

    You can’t have quality and equality at the same time, you can’t have excellence and affirmative action at the same time. I’ll be curious to see how they come up with a way to have a way to hire teachers in New York that results in both quality and enough NAMs to make the big mouths happy.

    • Luis

      QD, they’re STILL saying that. In fact, during the late-night hours, a PSA commercial will come on TV, where a Bantu male in a deep voice talks about how …I make learning a challenge, not a chore”…, Another commercial shows a fat, white bespectabled female teacher saying …”I think we can save these kids”…

      I think too many white college graduates think that teaching in inner city schools is just like “Welcome Back, Kotter”, or the movie “Conrack”. That’s their biggest mistake.

    • TruthBeTold

      Again, with minorities it’s always damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

      They demand quality schools with quality teachers. Then they demand more teachers that look like them. So they hire unqualified minorities who can’t earn teaching certificates. The kids fail in even greater numbers.

      Wash rinse repeat.

      You can’t win. You can’t even break even.

  • Alden

    To expect a black or Hispanic person with a 5 year college degree to read at 8th grade level is racist
    Same old same old for the last 45 years

  • A Freespeechzone

    Yet another excuse to lower the standards because minorities can’t meet the standard due to racism.

    Typical of liberals—rather than encourage those to meet and exceed the standard, they take the easy path of lowering the standards, which lowers the quality of education.

    This country is already in deep stuff……and getting worse.

    • Alden

      They can’t meet the standards

  • superlloyd

    If you start with a stupid, liberal worldview then nonsense like this which defies reality becomes the norm and the facts be damned. Merit is now a dirty word for the diversicrats.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Lost in last months Selma, AL madness, was the fate of the white high school there. Prior to 1970 Selma had one black school and one white school. That was fair to both races, and both got whatever education they could get. No one suggested that blacks should be kept illiterate. Then a federal judge ordered both schools shut down and they had to merge into one school. For all practical purposes the black school wasn’t shut down at all. It was just moved to the new building. Today Selma High is 98% black. The white kids do not have a public school. But then again, it was whites who made all the sacrifices of being racially cleansed right out of their community in the name of fairness and equality. Civil rights, my foot.

  • Time has named Kimba as one of the top 9 most successful former Playboy Bunnies. I have no pic to offer of her in a bunny outfit, so the photo below will have to do. She’s also known as the “love judge,” probably because she was the “other woman” in a divorce. Born in 1944, she’s now around 70. I expect she intends to die on the bench and do as much damage to common sense as you would expect from a liberal.

  • guest

    “A federal judge is questioning whether a new exam for aspiring teachers in New York is discriminatory against minorities, a case that could derail the state’s efforts to create a more rigorous set of tests for entry into the profession.”

    As usual, the so-called “minorities” throw a fit when they can’t compete in the real world, so everything must be dumbed down in order for everyone to be equal.

    No wonder our country’s school system has gone from being the best to below the worst. Our school system no longer cares about hiring intelligent and qualified people and all they teach anymore is a one-sided far-Left rhetoric and the only thing they care about is appearing as the most racially diverse.

  • Jaggers

    A teacher’s exam is not the bar. You have to be pretty dumb to mess it up.

    • Charles Martel

      Have you seen the released questions from the NYC fire fighter test blacks couldn’t pass?

      • LIBERTYSINCURSION

        Yup, absolutely hysterical! How can anyone look at that test and say “you know what, in the context of a job where these guys will be responsible for either making the right decision, and saving someone’s life. Or making the wrong decision and causing that person to die in the most horrific of ways, burning alive. I don’t care that these people couldn’t pass such a simple test, of where does the fire hose go, where do you park the truck, how much water pressure do you need to reach the third floor from ground level. They have black skin, and that’s what really matters here. Not if they can actually do the job and not cause people to be burned alive. You know, while they find another firemen who passed the test to ask him, “eh yo man, how you be reedin dis pressha gage thing agin son?”. When it comes to the business of saving lives, diversity is more important than seeing that that business is sufficently run.” Yet, they absolutely do say that.

        Competency consistently gives way to color. Yet they still have the nerve to tell us that diversity is not just a strength, but our greatest strength.

        • Alden

          The San Francisco fire dept exam had one question ” Is it easier to push a wheelbarrow up hill or down hill?”

          The blacks failed even that one

      • Samuel Hathaway

        I think the swimming portion of some tests has now been thrown out for some professions.

        • Charles Martel

          In 2013 the city of Phoenix decided it would wave the swimming test for minority lifeguards.

        • John Smith

          Police in Miami, IIRC, had to take a swimming test due to all the water around, but they dropped it to get more minority officers into the academy.

      • Alden

        At one time San Francisco had a police exam which did not require the ability to read at all

        The test was in a video and a taped voice read out all the questions and answers. 3 times in the hopes blacks would pass

        Then there was a New York City police sergeants exam. The city bend twice a week classes for a year to prepare the blacks and Hispanics

        Not one of the thousands who took the test passed

        • Charles Martel

          Why dat instructer keep stomping he foot befoor one of de answers?

          • John Smith

            Reminds me of “Clever Hans.”

    • Samuel Hathaway

      A nice lady in my Sunday School class was a special Ed teacher who mentioned the same thing. She says the test was hard to fail.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Look, I took a supposedly “super-biased” teachers test – biased only if you can’t read, write or compute at about a 4th-5th grade level.

      I think I got a 99 out of 100 on the state test and scored in the 95 percentile on the National Teachers Exam – no longer give because it was deemed racist, biased (probably homophobic too).

      • Jaggers

        And they’re generally the most politically correct nonsense, all using minority and foreign names in their dumb little excerpts. Which is why they’re being “biased” is so laughable.

      • John Smith

        I took a Praxis subject test once and no specific percentiles were given, only quartiles and ranges. I got in the top 15%, but I don’t know exactly how well I did, only that I tested with “distinction.” This is a pretty obvious attempt to not make low performers seem as incompetent as they really are, IMO.

    • TruthBeTold

      That’s why they’re complaining. The test proves they’re too dumb to teach.

    • Alden

      A 4th grade White girl took one state exam and passed. She was not gifted

  • RacialRay

    The older test was deliberately designed to “accurately measure the minimum knowledge about the liberal arts and sciences that teachers need to be competent.”

    Well, there you have it, discrimination writ large. Accuracy, knowledge and competence expected at the same time! Multi-tasking is a white proprietary thing, as everyone knows. Its a wonder they got away with anything so blatantly racist for so long.

  • MekongDelta69

    ‘Judge’ Kimba Wood.

    No further explanation needed…

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      She had a skeleton in her closet all right – she believed her illegal housekeeper didn’t have to pay taxes – although some say Hillary blocked her for AG because she didn’t want Bill around her.

    • John Smith

      She’s white, actually.

  • Jason Lewis

    You mean these teachers don’t go in like Michelle Phifer or Hilary Swank and make a difference?

    • Alden

      There is yet another movie like that out

      • Jason Lewis

        Like me I bet you can’t wait not to see it.

  • SentryattheGate

    The race toward Idiocracy! The lowest common denominator!

  • TheCogitator

    You say you are illiterate, and you want to teach English? You are black. No problem, you’re hired.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      That’s scary… My 9th grade English teacher stuttered, but boy did she give grammar, drill and practice to make your life busy. Looking back, I’m glad she did it.

  • SentryattheGate

    Last I saw, 33 states have adopted race-based achievement standards, because of the large gaps between the races that have not closed despite decades of BIG spending, tutoring minorities, dumbed-down curricula and testing, and more minority teachers.

    • WR_the_realist

      Passing a law mandating that The Gap be closed is like passing a law mandating that continental drift stops.

      • John Smith

        Or repealing the Law of Gravity.

  • SentryattheGate

    This is the main reason that multiculturalism and diversity do not work! We are not all equal, and that fact IS NOT racist!

  • Samuel Hathaway

    How can a teacher competency test be “discriminatory” when all teachers, black, white, Asian and Hispanic, HAVE TO TAKE THE SAME TEST?

    • John Smith

      Intelligence is racist.

    • Ellis Kurtz

      The judge doesn’t have to prove that the items in the test are discriminatory. If the outcome disfavors NAMs (non-Asian minorities) then it is assumed to be discriminatory. As the article says

      The earlier test that Judge Wood ruled was discriminatory, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test, was used until 2004. She said that because the minority candidates were failing that test in greater numbers, the burden was on public officials to prove the test served a valid purpose.

      It really is as crazy as it seems, but the consequence of admitting that it is would be to acknowledge that the academic underperformance of minorities is a feature, not a bug, and no liberal could do that without immediate exploding of the head.

  • Albert

    Hmm. It’s racial discrimination to hold other races up to white standards. When are they finally going to accept that the real cause of their inequities are due to discriminative practices of nature? (Of course if they did, it wouldn’t surprise me too much to see them try to impeach Mother Nature or even God)

  • Dumbing down the tests yields the same results.
    Whites (and Asians) will destroy the tests easier than the previous times.
    The achievement “gap” is permanent.

    • Alden

      A common solution done in the few surviving civil exams is to just add points to the scores of blacks and Hispanics and subtract points from the scores of Whites and Asians

      • Susan

        I think that’s exactly what’s been going on for the past 50 years.

  • Albert

    I think it would be an excellent slap in the face to minorities if we created two separate standards. Instead of lowering the standard for all, keep whites up to the white standard and lower the bar for minorities. It would be an acceptance of the truth.

    • archer

      And let minorities teach only their own students.

      • John Smith

        That should be part and parcel to this strategy. We can’t have whites being miseducated any more than they already are.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          This is precisely why whites have left the public schools in droves. With all the cultural and racial rivalries, fights over whose culture will dominate the curriculum, it’s time to bail out of these left-wing propaganda warehouses.

    • carriewhite64

      That is an excellent and devious idea!

    • Susan

      That’s already happening. Blacks are given degrees they couldn’t have possibly earned and then jobs they can’t do. That’s the universal tactic. I never trust a black in a professional position because I know that affirmative action got them there, not intelligence or merit or skill.

  • Hammerheart

    I don’t get it. I just don’t. Tests are designed to measure your aptitude in area(s) to see if you’re qualified for whatever it is you’re going out for. When these giblet heads don’t pass the tests, they blame everything from slavery, oppression, the moon landing, Bush, Obama, the orbit of the planet Venus, chemicals in the water, white people, whatever. How does that make any sense at all? Are they so afraid of taking responsibility for their own failings? It’s like showing up to BUD/S or SFAS out of shape with a bad attitude and being surprised when the training cadre says you’re not good enough.

    • Susan

      I believe that blacks don’t even understand that they’re not qualified. When they’re not given what they want, it’s because whites are holding them back. That’s all they know. They’re not capable of logic.

  • libertarian1234

    “Questions of Bias Are Raised About a Teachers’ Exam in New York,”

    Doesn’t anybody have the courage anymore to stand up and tell the truth. In this case it would amount to something like, “Blacks fail tests, because they were graduated from college via AA in grading and certification, because they don’t have the intelligence to learn course material on a standard level that has been the norm for many, many years.”

    I don’t have the info at hand, but I’m willing to bet that it was a VERY rare thing for teachers not to pass any kind of test that had to do with the subjects they were teaching, until large numbers of blacks got into the profession.

  • Lexonaut

    The tests are doubleplus ungood. Any answer is as good as any other.

  • Alden

    I love it! Since the damages will be paid by the viciously anti White and anti Christian NYC I hope the judgement runs to billions and has to be paid out during DeBlasio’s reign

  • Augustus3709

    The feeding frenzy of White America continues.

    The sad thing is it could all be put to a stop if White people just stood up together and said “enough!”

    None of the anti-White institutions can function without White money.

  • Light from the East

    When it comes to exams and minorities, Asians somehow disappear.

  • WR_the_realist

    As usual judges are much more concerned about disparate impact than improving education.

    Tests are always dumbed down for the sake of disparate impact.

  • WR_the_realist

    What happens when this country runs out of delusional white girls from rural Whiteopia to send to those inner city schools?

    • Howard W. Campbell

      Not my problem! As with the military, I will steer my kids away from the public schools.

  • WR_the_realist

    Yet they still vote for left wing Democrats.

    Okay, I know, the Republicans aren’t much better.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    We have abandoned the public schools to the stupidest, laziest, most functionally-illiterate, devious and subversive bunch of thieves in the history of education, the National Education Association.

    The vast majority of its membership are fat, lazy, smelly and ignorant black females, who never absorbed a high school education — much less a college education — who would be doing “domestic work” 40 years ago. The public schools have declined, accordingly.

    Now as they routinely put it, “I is a teacher.”

    • Alden

      Ever seen a picture of the head of the Chicago teachers union?

      • Once you see it, you can never un-see it.

        • Ellis Kurtz

          Showing this is mental cruelty.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Don’t need to: I saw the fat moron who headed St. Louis’s teacher’s union often enough, and I could smell her from 50′ away: She smelled like chitterlings…

  • Vyncennt

    Lets say, for the sake of argument, that the dismal results of minority testing really WERE caused by the usual excuses…slavery…oppression…lack of opportunity…

    Would then the solution not be to ensure that the excuses were resolved? Not the results?

    Does it really matter WHY a person is not qualified as opposed to IF they are qualified or not?

    Does an unqualified black man become qualified if his reasons for being unqualified are quantifiable? (sorry for that mouthful, lol)

    Even using the disingenuous fantasy reasoning of the left, the argument continues to fall apart. Teachers need to be qualified to teach regardless of their personal history.

  • Susan

    Affirmative action & political correctness are the major problems with education! Lowering standards is never a good idea, but that’s what’s been going on for decades.

  • Alden

    Remember when a White 4th grade girl not gifted took a state teachers exam and passed with a high score?

    • John Smith

      I don’t but I’m not surprised either.

  • Jacobite2

    Not to be a wet blanket, but has anyone thought about the fact that life itself has disparate impact on blacks?

  • John Kar

    Wait, let me get this straight.

    I took all 3 NYS teacher cert exams last year on the same exact date and I breezed through them with no preparation.

    You’re telling me the easy ass exams I took last year are the harder tests?