Principal Comments on Black Students' Test Scores

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A high school principal who singled out black students' poor test scores over the school's intercom system is leaving her position.

The Everman Independent School District Tuesday announced Kathy Culbertson's departure.

Culbertson made the comments during an address on the first day of classes at Everman High School. She said black students who failed math on the state's accountability test had caused the school to be rated unacceptable.

The remarks set off a racially charged debate at the suburban Fort Worth campus, which is about 59 percent black.

Culbertson says her remarks were intended to be motivational and not derogatory.

Low scores among black students on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills reduced the school's rating to academically unacceptable this year. Under the state's accountability system, a
school fails if any subgroup of students does not meet standards.


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