The Journal of Negro Education

The Journal of Negro Education is an academic journal focusing on African American education

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 3, Summer

Assessing African American Students for Specific Learning Disabilities: The Promises and Perils of Response to Intervention
Response to Intervention (RtI) consists of multi-tiered instructional delivery systems in which educators provide research-based interventions to students that increase in intensity depending on students' instructional response. RtI is currently being...
Editor's Comment: When Standardized Tests Miss the Mark
"What about to be seen as a person with a name, then POOF a statistic and to many a shame. . . ." Asa Fludd, an African American llth-grader, wrote this for an essay contest that I judged. I reprinted this statement in my second Breaking Barriers (Toldson,...
Ethnically Qualified: Race, Merit, and the Selection of Urban Teachers, 1920-1980
Ethnically Qualified: Race, Merit, and the Selection of Urban Teachers, 1920-1980, by Christina Collins. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University, 2011, 264 pp., $43.95, paperback.Is a qualified teacher one that has observable teacher characteristics,...
Faithful to the Task at Hand: The Life of Lucy Diggs Slowe
Faithful to the Task at Hand: The Life of Lucy Diggs Slowe by Carroll L. L. Miller and Anne S. Pruitt-Logan, New York: State University of New York Press, 2012, 480 pp., illustrated, $90.00 hardcover; $29.95 paperback and e-book.An Edifying MaverickOriginally...
Four Effects of the High-Stakes Testing Movement on African American K-12 Students
In order to ensure that American students are competitive with students in other countries, since the 1980s, U.S. policymakers have been trying to improve the K-12 public school system. Recent reform efforts have led to the current high-stakes testing...
How Good Is Good Enough? Educational Standard Setting and Its Effect on African American Test Takers
Standard setting (the process of establishing minimum passing scores on high-stakes exams) is a highly evaluative and policy-driven process. It is a common belief that standard setting panels should be diverse and representative. There is concern, however,...
"I Am Teaching Some of the Boys:" Chaplain Robert Boston Dokes and Army Testing of Black Soldiers in World War II
African Americans have served in the United States Armed Forces in nearly every conflict in the nation's history. However, the State-through official government policy, ad hoc decisions of military commanders, or statements by prominent civilians-was...
Independent Reading: Practical Strategies for Grades K-3
Independent Reading: Practical Strategies for Grades K-3, by Denise ?. Morgan, Maryann Mraz, Nancy D. Padak, and Timothy Rasinski, New York: Guilford Press, 2009, 162 pp., $22.10, paperback.As Common Core Standards emphasizing the importance of student...
Overview and Introduction: Testing and Assessing African Americans: "Unbiased" Tests Are Still Unfair
This special issue includes seven articles concerning strategies for overcoming barriers in standardized testing as it pertains to African Americans. Most of the articles focus on the effects of testing in educational settings or on related educational...
Project 2011 and the Preparation of Black and Latino Students for Admission to Specialized High Schools in New York City
Public elite and specialized high schools in New York City have a very low enrollment of Black and Latino students. Project 2011 is an intensive preparatory instructional program to improve acceptance rates for Black and Latino children to the eight...
Revisiting Charles H. Thompson's Proposals for Educating Gifted African American Students, 1933-1961
Charles H. Thompson is best known as the founder and the first editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education (1932-1963). Throughout his career, Thompson sought to extend educational opportunity in ways that were "for the good of Negro education...
Teacher Licensure Exams and Black Teacher Candidates: Toward New Theory and Promising Practice
"Basic skills" teacher licensure exams such as Praxis are the first gatekeepers to the teaching profession. Fewer than half of the aspiring Black teachers who take these exams pass on their first attempt. While critiques of these exams are warranted,...
Universal Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Risk: A Promising Method for Reducing Disproportionate Placement in Special Education
The overrepresentation of U.S. minority students identified for emotional and behavior disorders special education programs plagues schools and challenges researchers and practitioners. Arcane methods including teacher nomination continue to guide referral...