Urban Education: Reframing the Conversation about the Achievement Gap Webinar

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0:08 [Audio - Music] Screen image: In 2011, Black and Hispanic 4th and 8th graders tested two grade levels below their white counterparts in math and reading.

0:16 [Audio - Music] The University of San Francisco hosted a forum to discuss this “Achievement Gap.”

0:23 Katrina Traylor: One thing that I think in terms of how the Achievement Gap is constructed and how it exists is really connected to the psychological gap, and the role models that our students have to become intellects, who do they see going to college so they can say, “I can be that one day,” and they aren’t seeing people like that, and they don’t have the vision to see themselves like that, and I think that’s part of the reason we have such a huge gap in our country between college-going rates, students of color and white students.”

0:52 Brandon Santiago: Let’s play hot potato with the kids who can’t read. Just send them to the basement. Special education is the new segregation, while standardized tests are the sequel to “separate but equal.”

1:01 Joseph Marshall: I remember that question I asked, “Were there more black men in college than in prison?” Everybody said, because that’s what they thought, that there were more black men in prison, when actually the reverse is true. That kind of thinking, there’s a gap there, where there’s not really a gap there, and so let’s try to come up with a better word or better phrase. And certainly, we’ve got a lot of work to do when it comes to achievement for the black and brown students.

1:25 BS: We can’t get the answer right if we don’t understand the question. So every day I pray for wisdom, while SATs play God, separating saint from sinner, student from statistic, private from public.

1:37 Noah Borrero: We have a very unique opportunity, I think, that we’ve seized here in the School of Education to call a specific focus to educating, training new teachers, committed to issues of equity and social justice in school. We consider this a fundamental aspect of the mission at the University, and specifically, we consider this the work of teaching that we need to go into these communities and transform students’ lives through teaching.

2:07 [Audio – Music] Screen: Watch the entire discussion at youtube.com/usfcalifornia

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