Wondering about minority science scores (and science scores, period) in Pinellas
Sunday's St. Petersburg Times story about minority students and science education noted that Pinellas minority students, on average, lag behind minority students in almost all of Florida's other big districts, with white students in Pinellas also near the back of the pack. It included a chart that compared the fifth-grade FCAT science scores of white, black and Hispanic students in the 12 biggest districts.
The chart below takes things a step further, showing the same breakdown for the eighth- and 11th-grade science tests. The same trends for Pinellas hold true in all three grades. So why is that? And are things getting better?