Is the Monroe City School system failing African-American students?

Is the system graduating an increasing number of African-American students who are not prepared to attend a four-year university?

Recently released results of statewide testing of schools across the state showed a wide disparity between the performance of white and black students who attend Monroe City Schools.

In short, the majority of white students in Monroe City System score “Advanced and Mastery” in core subject areas, while the overwhelming majority of African-American students are below basic.

What do the scores show?

Overall the state’s testing results showed white students with scores that were often triple those of their black counterparts in the measured coursework.

Among high Schools, 62 percent of white students scored Advanced or mastery in English 1, while only 23 percent of Black students had similar scores. Among Asian students, 70 percent were advanced or mastery in this subject. The results showed that 54 percent of African-American students scored below basic in this subject.

In English II, 75 percent of white students scored Advanced or mastery, while only 30 percent of Black students had similar scores. The results show that 50 percent of Black students scored below basic.

In Algebra, 60 percent of white students scored advanced or mastery, while only 13 percent of Black students had similar scores. The results show that 79 percent of Black students scored below basic.

In Geometry, 43 percent of white students scored advanced or mastery, while only 10 percent of Black students had similar scores. The results showed 71 percent of Black students scored below basic. Among Asian students, 80 percent scored advanced or mastery.

In U.S. History, 52 percent of white students scored advanced or mastery, while only 10 percent of black students scored similar results. The results showed 77 percent of Black students scored less than basic.

In biology, 35 percent of white students and 50 percent of Asian students scored advanced or mastery. Only 11 percent of Black students had similar scores. The results showed 66 percent of black students scored below basic.

**Elementary School Breakdown
**(The State website provided no data for Lexington Elementary School)

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**George Washington Carver Elementary**

3rd Grade: English 35 percent below basic; Math, 50 percent below basic; Science 58 percent below basic; Social Studies 70 percent below basic

4th Grade: English 51 percent below basic; Math, 49 percent below basic; Science 75 percent below basic; Social Studies 64 percent below basic

5th Grade: English 63 percent below basic: Math, 60 percent below basic; Science 78 percent below basic; Social Studies 86 percent below basic

6th Grade: English 59 percent below basic; Math, 36 percent below basic; Science 81 percent below basic; Social Studies 94 percent below basic

**Barkdull Faulk Elementary**

3rd Grade: English 59 percent below basic; Math, 51 percent below basic; Science 82 percent below basic; Social Studies 82 percent below basic

4th Grade: English 74 percent below basic; Math, 58 percent below basic; Science 82 percent below basic; Social Studies 92 percent below basic

5th Grade: English,61 percent below basic; Math, 60 percent below basic; Science 81 percent below basic; Social Studies 87 percent below basic

6th Grade: English 68 percent below basic; Math, 79 percent below basic; Science 89 percent below basic; Social Studies 92 percent below basic

**J.S. Clark Magnet School
**

*(Clark’s Magnet School status empowers it to reject low-performing students)*

3rd Grade: English 20 percent below basic; Math, 16 percent below basic, Science 40 percent below basic, Social Studies 41 percent below basic

4th Grade: English 7 percent below basic; Math, 19 percent below basic; Science 13 percent below basic, Social Studies 32 percent below basic

5th Grade: English 6 percent below basic Math, 0 percent below basic; Science 12 percent below basic; Social Studies 16 percent below basic

6th Grade: English 0 percent below basic; Math, 14 percent below basic; Science 22 percent below basic; Social Studies 44 percent below basic

**Sallie Humble Elementary**

3rd Grade: English 27 percent below basic; Math, 27 percent below basic, Science 39 percent below basic, Social Studies 47 percent below basic

4th Grade: English 21 percent below basic; Math, 17 percent below basic, Science 27 percent below basic, Social Studies 37 percent below basic

5th Grade: English 35 percent below basic; Math, 23 percent below basic; Science 48 percent below basic; Social Studies 53 percent below basic

6th Grade: English 29 percent below basic; Math, 40 percent below basic; Science 52 percent below basic; Social Studies 46 percent below basic

**Berg Jones Lane Elementary**

3rd Grade: English 61 percent below basic; Math, 53 percent below basic, Science 84 percent below basic, Social Studies 92 percent below basic

4th Grade: English 63 percent below basic; Math, 60 percent below basic, Science 84 percent below basic, Social Studies 66 percent below basic

5th Grade: English 51 percent below basic; Math, 42 percent below basic; Science 51 percent below basic; Social Studies 70 percent below basic

6th Grade: English 50 percent below basic; Math, 68 percent below basic; Science 75 percent below basic; Social Studies 86 percent below basic

**Roy Shelling Elementary**

3rd Grade: English 78 percent below basic; Math, 83 percent below basic, Science 80 percent below basic, Social Studies 91 percent below basic

4th Grade: English 71 percent below basic; Math, 88 percent below basic, Science 73 percent below basic, Social Studies 91 percent below basic

5th Grade: English 76 percent below basic; Math, 91 percent below basic; Science 87 percent below basic; Social Studies 92 percent below basic

6th Grade: English 68 percent below basic; Math, 92 percent below basic; Science 83 percent below basic; Social Studies 86 percent below basic

**Minnie Ruffin Elementary**

3rd Grade: English 74 percent below basic; Math, 72 percent below basic, Science 79 percent below basic, Social Studies 68 percent below basic

4th Grade: English 60 percent below basic; Math, 83 percent below basic, Science 58 percent below basic, Social Studies 72 percent below basic

5th Grade: English 50 percent below basic; Math, 79 percent below basic; Science 72 percent below basic; Social Studies 75 percent below basic

6th Grade: English 40 percent below basic; Math, 71 percent below basic; Science 77 percent below basic; Social Studies 66 percent below basic

**Cypress Point Elementary**

3rd Grade: English 46 percent below; Math, 30 percent below basic, Science 47 percent below basic, Social Studies 62 percent below basic

4th Grade: English 41 percent below; Math, 41 percent below basic, Science 50 percent below basic, Social Studies 48 percent below basic

5th Grade: English 50 percent below; Math, 79 percent below basic; Science 72 percent below basic; Social Studies 75 percent below basic

6th Grade: English 32 percent below; Math, 52 percent below basic; Science 79 percent below basic; Social Studies 76 percent below basic

**Madison Foster Elementary**

3rd Grade: English 53 percent below; Math, 53 percent below basic, Science 77 percent below basic, Social Studies 87 percent below basic

4th Grade: English 54 percent below; Math, 89 percent below basic, Science 68 percent below basic, Social Studies 78 percent below basic

5th Grade: English 48 percent below; Math, 84 percent below basic; Science 76 percent below basic; Social Studies 60 percent below basic

6th Grade: English 75 percent below; Math, 88 percent below basic; Science 94 percent below basic; Social Studies 100 percent below basic

**Thomas ****Jefferson Elementary**

3rd Grade: English 44 percent below basic; Math, 31 percent below basic, Science 23 percent below basic, Social Studies 32 percent below basic

4th Grade: English 42 percent below basic; Math, 57 percent below basic, Science 67 percent below basic, Social Studies 69 percent below basic

5th Grade: English 46 percent below basic; Math, 22 percent below basic; Science 57 percent below basic; Social Studies 71 percent below basic

6th Grade: English 44 percent below basic; Math, 73 percent below basic; Science 82 percent below basic; Social Studies 93 percent below basic

**Henry Clay ****Carroll Jr. High: **

7th Grade: English 63 percent below; Math, 71 percent below basic; Science 81 percent below basic; Social Studies 89 percent below basic

8th Grade: English 61 percent below; Math, 88 percent below basic; Science 78 percent below basic; Social Studies 77 percent below basic

**Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Junior High **

7th Grade: English, 49 percent below basic; Math, 67 percent below basic; Science 58 percent below basic; Social Studies 63 percent below basic

8th Grade: English 66 percent below basic; Math, 72 percent below basic, Science,64 percent below basic; Social Studies 65 percent below basic

**Ernest Neville Jr. High. **

7th Grade: English 25 percent below basic; Math, 33 percent below basic; Science, 33 percent below basic; Social Studies 44 percent below basic

8th Grade: English 26 percent below basic; Math, 52 percent below basic, Science, 48 percent below basic; Social Studies 46 percent below basic

**Morris Henry Carroll High Magnet High School
**

*(Although Carroll is a magnet school, its student body is not selective)*

Average ACT Score 15.1

English 1-63 percent below basic

English II- 70 percent below basic

Algebra- 82 percent below basic

Geometry- 93 percent below basic

Biology-78 percent below basic

U.S. History-89 percent below basic

**Ernest ****Neville High School**

*Average ACT Score 19.5*

English 1-30 percent below basic

English II- 27 percent below basic

Algebra- 45 percent below basic

Geometry- 32 percent below basic

Biology- 44 percent below basic

U.S. History- 35 percent below basic

**Julia ****Wossman High School**

*Average ACT Score 15.7*

English 1- 54 percent below basic

English II- 43 percent below basic

Algebra- 80 percent below basic

Geometry- 65 percent below basic

Biology- 60 percent below basic

U.S. History- 84 percent below basic