We* are currently reading High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand and Respond to Social Injustice (Berry, Conway, Lawler and Staley 2020).
We divided ourselves into two breakout groups by content area: (1) Algebra & Functions, (2) Statistics & Probability. Each group is choosing a lesson to analyze in more detail.
I did the lesson for myself below.
1) Access edgap.org
What do you notice?
What do you wonder?- I wonder how the size relates to the number of students for the school.
- How do we measure what we value rather than value what we measure?
What data do I want to analyze?
Create a table of data points (by hand?!)
But for the sake of this task - by hand - I'm game. I zoomed into Northeast Los Angeles, where I taught.
|School||Avg SAT||CensusTract||% Unemploy||% College||% 2-parents||% Private Sch||Median Income|
|Los Angeles International||923||2013.02||.1||.58||.91||.34||66000|
|Los Angeles Leadership||888||1993||.11||.38||.72||.07||53000|
Graph the Data
- Correlation coefficient r
|% Unemploy||% College||% 2-parents||% Private Sch||Median Income|
|% Private Sch||0.54839|
Another interesting point is Blair, with the highest adult education but an average SAT score. Looking into it further, they also have 6 times the average % private school for schools in the area!
The fact is that quality education is not a constitutional right in this country and we don't know how to measure what we value. Rich kids may be "better prepared for college as measured by the SAT on average" but what about collaboration, communication, and creative problem solving skills? How about respect, responsibility and integrity?
Don't let the system fool you. You are not a test score.
* Algebra Project Los Angeles (APLA) is a regional branch of the We the People Alliance: Math Literacy for All. A network of educators, researchers, organizers, parents, students and policy-makers committed to quality education as a constitutional right - particularly relating to math literacy for all.
National Laboratory for Education Transformation (NLET) is largely a volunteer based nonprofit where extraordinary individuals and organizations work together to try to understand and unite the pieces of the education, training and personal learning puzzle that are necessary to truly change student success, college completion and access to well-paying jobs.