This shouldn’t be happening

Access to High-Quality Schools, Parent & Family Engagement | 12/17/2019

Kayla Mattas
IPS Mom and Marketing and Communications Manger

Why are white kids passing ILEARN at a much higher rate than children of color? When ILEARN results were released in September 2019, the data certainly identified challenges across our entire public education system. But the data also highlighted alarming racial disparities. White students are passing these tests at a much higher rate than black and Hispanic students.

Why is this the case? All children are capable of learning. Why are children of color lagging behind their white classmates? It’s unacceptable.

This is a statewide problem, but as an Indianapolis Public Schools mom, I want to know why this disparity exists in our district and what will be done to correct it.

IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson has made a focus on racial equity a priority of her administration, and I’m hopeful that, with the support of parents like you and me, together we can reverse generations of systemic racism that have plagued our school system.


If you believe that skin color shouldn’t determine a child’s success, add your name now.


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  • I totally agree. Your skin color should not be an issue when it comes to education or anything really. We are all people!!!
    Lynn Boyer

    December 21, 2019 11:39 AM

  • All children deserve quality education not just an afterthought.
    Barbara Molett

    February 14, 2020 6:04 PM