While reading the article “School board reviews end of grade test results” in The Macon County News and Shopping Guide in which the local EOC (End of course) test scores were compared with Region 8 and state scores, I was reminded of the old phrase, “figures don’t lie, liars use figures and (expletive) liars use statistics.
Further on in the article, the school superintendent says, “Now we need to sit down and think about what we can do to push more students into higher categories.” One great place for him to start would be to stop giving those standardized tests and segregating the students based upon those test scores. Is it not true that the EOC test for 4th graders determines the level of instruction that the students will receive in the 5th grade at MVI. Is it also true, as it is rumored on the street, that the supposedly more advanced (as determined by the EOC score) students get better, more challenging instruction, more field trips, lockers, etc. than do the regular students? If additional perks are given to some, than the criteria given in the definition of discrimination appears to have been met.