The issue of low teacher expectations for poor and minority students and the SAS EVAAS report came up during today's Wake County school board retreat.
Superintendent Tony Tata proposed adopting as a core belief that “all children, regardless of socio-economic environment, can be high achieving students.” In explaining the reason for it, Tata cited the EVAAS report and his conversation with a middle school teacher about math placement.
Tata said the EVAAS report showed to him there's a problem with minority and low-income students not being placed in challenging enough classes because of low expectations.
At the initial urging of school board member Keith Sutton, the board also agreed on the core belief that "academic achievement gaps will be eliminated by aggressively challenging students at all achievement levels.”
The board was trying to find a balance between saying it wanted to close the gaps while not holding back high-achieving students.
The school board finished ahead of schedule today. Saturday's session has been cancelled.