Fort Wayne/Allen County NAACP chapter President Paulette Nellems said Tuesday that East Allen County Schools' ISTEP+ standardized test scores for low-income and minority students are simply unacceptable.
She said the low scores for these populations of students are not just concentrated at Harding Junior-Senior High School and Prince Chapman Academy, two of the district's most diverse schools, but are districtwide.
Nellems and the local chapter of the NAACP is holding a news conference tonight at 6 prior to the EACS board meeting. The event will be outside the district's administration building at 1240 Indiana 930 E.
Nellems said she plans to inform parents of the many other options available to them outside the district, including charter schools and the state's voucher program.
She said hopefully if enough pressure is applied, the district's superintendent, Karyle Green, will be "out," Nellems said.
She said the community must look to the leadership of the district: the board, Green, EACS teachers and the teachers union for an explanation, instead of "blaming the victims: the students," she said.
Districtwide, the percentage of students passing both English/language arts and math portions of the ISTEP+ standardized test remained the same as in 2011 at 66 percent.
But scores of specific student populations such as low-income, black, Hispanic and English language learners all dropped, some by as many as 8 percentage points from the year before.