ERIC Number: ED235256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Children At-Risk.
Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.
For many Black and Hispanic students, and especially low-income minority students, attending Montgomery County Public Schools (Rockville, Maryland) in the hope of getting a good education is a risky proposition at best, and may be seriously detrimental to their educational and personal development at the very worst. This conclusion was reached by the Citizen's Minority Relations Monitoring Committee (CMRMC) on the basis of study and analysis of the Montgomery County school system. CMRMC's report concentrates on four areas of concern. In the area of learning and testing, reading and math scores for the aggregate improved from 1981 to 1982 (as measured by the California Achievement Test), but Black and Hispanic students tested at very low levels compared with White and Asian students. Black students tested at the very bottom of the entire student population, in every subject area for every grade level. Furthermore, more than half of all Black and Hispanic ninth-grade students failed the basic math competency test during the 1982-83 school year. In the area of management of student behavior, suspensions occurred much more frequently with Black students than with White students. In the area of extracurricular activities, minority student participation was below that of other students. Finally, minority students were denied a fair and equitable opportunity to participate in the Gifted and Talented Program. CMRMC sees little chance of improvement in the situation without massive pressure from the minority community. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.