Black pupils ineligible for IQ testing


Staff member
Jun 3, 2003
Black pupils ineligible for IQ testing
Fox News |
"Pamela Lewis wanted to have her 6-year-old*son Nicholas take a*standardized IQ test*to determine if he qualifies for special education speech therapy. Officials at his school routinely provide the test to kids but as Lewis soon found out, not to children who are black, due to a statewide policy that goes back to 1979. At that time, many black kids performed poorly on the IQ test and wound up in special education classes. A lawsuit claimed the test was biased and a judge agreed -*banning public schools from giving the test to black children while allowing it for everyone else... The state is looking into Lewis' appeal but she said as a final insult a district official suggested if she changed her son's paperwork to re-classify him as white, as she is, he'd be able to take the test."