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Not-so-great Expectations

by David Sims

ON FOX News recently, one of their pet Negroes waxed eloquent about how Blacks do well in school when standards are raised instead of lowered. At about 1:13 in the video below, he says, “Take a look at Capital Prep. A charter school with locations in Harlem, the Bronx, Hartford (Connecticut), that serves predominantly low-income students. People of color. They refused to lower the bar; instead, they raised the bar. They push their students to meet high standards.”

It’s time for a reality check. Take a look:

Capital Preparatory (CP) Harlem Charter School
1 East 104th Street, New York, NY 10029
GreatSchools Summary Rating 3/10
Test Scores below average 4/10
Student Progress below average 2/10
Equity below average 3/10
Student composition by race: 75% black, 23% Hispanic, 2% other race

According to their own Web site, they did get 100% college acceptance for their graduates (during some unspecified year or other), but the reason for the acceptance probably wasn’t academic excellence. Something else was involved in the decision to include them.

Although 80% of the students who took Algebra 1 passed the course, only 3% of the students took that class.

Here’s another school in that same list.

Capital Preparatory Magnet School
1304 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
GreatSchools Summary Rating 2/10
Test Scores below average 1/10
Student Progress below average 2/10
College Readiness 4/10
Equity below average 2/10
Student composition by race: 62% black, 23% Hispanic, 8% white, 7%
other race

To belabor the point a bit, Capital Prep isn’t special among Black-student-majority schools. If you check their Great Schools report pages, you’ll learn that — like any school with mostly Black students — Capital Prep’s schools in Harlem and in Hartford are plagued by (very) low test scores, (very) low participation in advanced placement classes, and low grades. These schools are failures by every academic indicator. They stated that their school in Harlem got 100% of its graduates, in one year anyway, accepted by some college or other. But they didn’t provide one crucial detail: the fraction of its senior class who actually managed to graduate during that unspecified year.

Omitting statistical information that is required to judge a claim is suspicious behavior, and suspicious behavior is something we’ve come to expect from schools having mostly Black students. You may recall the CRCT scandal in the Atlanta Public Schools that arose in 2010, following what had seemed to be a sharp rise in the performance of Black students in Georgia. It looked too good to be true, and it was.

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24 August, 2021 10:02 am

While Lawrence Jones’ language skills have improved somewhat since he was paraded out to deliver commentary, he still speaks as if he has a mouthful of hot mashed potatoes. As for the farcical reporting of blacks performing better in charter schools, Fox, like most news outlets, counts on readers taking their stories at face value. A little research and, poof, the holes in the stories become large, if not gargantuan.

25 August, 2021 1:08 am

Statistics be racist! Soon they’ll be done away with and writers like Mr. Sims will be forced to estimate based on anecdotal evidence only. America! Racing to the graveyard of history, an even likely to be in the lifetime of many who are here today….

Whites who can see this should be helping us in the National Alliance to order ourselves for even more chaotic days not far away.

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27 August, 2021 10:01 pm

Right on Jim! https://natall.com/join-us/ get in the fight.

26 August, 2021 9:59 am

Prince Georges County, MD is 2/3 negro and has a per capita income higher than the median White per capita income, mostly due to all the government jobs and those that feed off the government. Yet, according to greatschools, their schools are mediocre at best. So, the argument that raising incomes of negroes will make their kids become scholars is false.