LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Several groups joined together to rally for change in the Jefferson County Public School system after new test scores show students are not where they should be. They say this is especially true when talking about minorities and low income students.
Before the Jefferson County Board of Education met on Monday night about 50 people joined together, pushing for change.
"We see these continuing gaps between black students and white students and we are concerned about that because of the message that sends and of our analysis that shows our black students tend to be in failing schools," said Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute.
Waters says by looking at the K-PREG testing scores revealed last month, it's clear minority and low income students are falling through the cracks.
"I mean for our white students, some of the schools were at 50-60% efficiency rating, which is more than bad enough, but then there was the 25% gap between white and black students," JC Rowe, Kentucky Black Alliance for Educational Options or BAEO.
The KY BAEO is petitioning that JCPS take certain steps to make sure these students aren't failing.
"I think that right now our parents don't even have the ability to be a part of the school system if they wanted to," said Rowe.
JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens says they weren't happy with the test scores and there are already plans in place for students who aren't mastering the Common Core.
"That's really what we are about differentiating for every child and providing extra time and support for every child," said Donna Hargens.
But these groups feel it may not be enough and some are even calling for charter schools, like former Metro Councilman Hal Heiner.
"Charter schools offer a different form of education, a longer day, a longer week, and a longer school year, more rigor academically as well as providing three meals a day and some other things to make sure all the gaps in the child's life are filled in," said Heiner. "We need to bring that to Jefferson County."
To read the Bluegrass Institute's report "Blacks Still Falling Through Gaps" click, here.
Click here for a helpful video by JCPS when reading your child's test scores.
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