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Achievement Gap

Barriers That Keep Poor Kids out of School

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Absenteeism matters. It is more strongly associated with dropping out than low test scores. The reasons that children from low-income families miss more school are varied. Their families may not have the ability to advocate for proper services for students with learning or physical disabilities.

Why Would You Call Them 'Miracle Schools'?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.13.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A recent online kerfuffle raised the question -- yet again -- of whether it is possible for schools to help children of color and children from low-income homes learn to high standards. I'm always a bit surprised that it's still necessary to have this conversation, but I guess it is.

Learning From Improvement or Not

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 02.26.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

When I visited it was clear that a lot of things had spurred school improvement, but it had all started with a change in leadership. This is completely in line with all the best research -- school improvement almost always starts with a new principal.

The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

The Elephant in the School Failure Debate

Joan McRobbie | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Joan McRobbie

By all means we need high expectations in our schools. But with the spotlight on income gaps, it's time to draw in the missing parts of the picture. Poverty is real. We need action at the statehouse, not just the schoolhouse, to enable educators to succeed in spite of it.

Youth in the Lead

Rick Ayers | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Too often we talk about "education" as if students were faceless automatons and the body of knowledge were a single thing, a set of settled truths, a desirable accomplishment that promises an end to poverty and a happy life.

Rebecca Klein

These Schools Made A Commitment To Black Boys And Are Now Seeing Big Results

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices

Schools in Oakland, California, may have found the key to closing the achievement gap between African-American males and other groups of students, acc...

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Reaches High Of 81 Percent

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

The U.S. high school graduation rate reached a new high of 81 percent for the 2012–2013 school year, according to data released Thursday by the Depa...

Reading Instruction and the Achievement Gap

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In the last decade or so, schools have so focused on early reading that too many have ignored the need for students to know a great deal of content to understand what they are reading. Too many have undervalued the role instruction in science, history, and the arts play in reading instruction -- which is, I suspect, at least part of why so many eighth-graders don't read at a proficient level.

Giving Every American Kid a Real Opportunity and Rising Above Achievement Gaps, Cheating, Bullying and School Shootings

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

For a nation that is increasingly becoming a majority of minorities, this system will not unite it or allow it to become one nation experiencing the power of its founding principles.

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

The Idea Revolution: How Youth of Color Will Build Our Future

Brandon Hill | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Brandon Hill

What if I told you that the cure for cancer will come from the mind of a Hispanic girl in South Central Los Angeles? Or that the invention that will replace the Internet will come from the imagination of a Black boy from Harlem?

The Global Search for Education: What's the Secret to Canada's Success?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In 2003, the provincial government of Ontario, Canada initiated a focus on educational improvement as one of its key strategies for the future success of its people and its economy. Since then, the entire system has dramatically improved.

Researchers Think They Have Found A Way To Help Close The Achievement Gap

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living

Growing up poor can affect a child's behavior and school performance. Research has found that the brains of students from poverty-stricken environment...

Critical Thinking Is Crucial for Success

Stedman Graham | Posted 02.11.2015 | Business
Stedman Graham

Rapid advances in technology make it crucial that we not only learn new skill sets, but that we also continually assess the results and impacts of our new habits.

The Greatest Power and Privilege of All

Isa Adney | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Isa Adney

Love may not raise test scores. But I think it creates the kind of safety net that helps people develop the kind of resilience and skills and motivation they need to fight through whatever lack of privilege they may have been born into.

Rebecca Klein

The Racial Achievement Gap Is Costing America's Economy Trillions

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business

The gap in educational achievement between white students and students of color could be costing the nation trillions of dollars, according to a new r...

Driving for Equity -- in What?

Kati Haycock | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Kati Haycock

Count me among those who applaud the new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on enforcing fair access to critical educational resources. Fo...

Rebecca Klein

These Are The Barriers Black Girls Face In School

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.24.2014 | Black Voices

When Georgia high school student Tiambrya Jenkins was in ninth grade, the teen, who is black, got into a fight with a white classmate. Both girls were...

Asking Questions Later

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

People are working very hard to change the admissions policy and standards for New York City's esteemed specialized high schools, including Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science and Stuyvesant.

On Beyond Preschool: Alleviating Poverty Over a Lifespan

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Poverty isn't like polio, which can be cured in one treatment. The factors that lead to a child being in a disadvantaged family at preschool are likely to persist afterwards, and top-quality education is needed at every age to help children overcome effects of poverty.

Committed Citizens Make for Effective Intentional Partnerships

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

Education is not an exclusive commodity to be brokered only to the privileged -- and should not be treated as such. As a public institution we are here to serve everyone. Rich. Poor. Old. Young. That's why intentional partnerships matter.

The Invisible Achievement Gap: Students in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Across the country it's back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children -- especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment to help every child succeed.

The Overachiever's Guide to Junior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

Identify a second faculty mentor for research. Meet at least once a semester with both of your faculty mentors to explore research opportunities, including paid summer experiences. Also, if you plan on applying to graduate school, request letters of recommendation.

I Excel At Everything I Do. I Assumed My Daughter Would Too.

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents

Written by Rachel Simmons for Slate. It never occurred to me that my newborn daughter would be anything but extraordinary. It’s not just that I...