New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers, in part because an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic candidates were failing it.
The state Board of Regents on Monday is expected to adopt a task force's recommendation of eliminating the literacy exam, known as the Academic Literacy Skills Test.
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Seriously: if this test had some real value (as I presume it must or it would not have been required in the first place) but college-educated blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately failing it, what does that say about the quality of the bachelor's degrees and teaching certificate programs? This news story is perilously close to something a racist would make up to denigrate the abilities of blacks and Hispanics.