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Achievement Gap

How A Summer Learning Program Helped One Community's Literacy Problem

Jodi Grant | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
Jodi Grant

For the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), English language literacy is both an essential and a challenging aspect of students' learning. More...

United States High School Graduation Rate Reaches A Record High

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics

The United States reached a milestone high school graduation rate, the White House announced Monday. During the 2014-2015 school year, 83.2 percent of...

What It Takes For A Poor Black Kid From Chicago To Earn A College Degree

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.30.2016 | Black Voices

His father killed his mother when Robert Henderson was just an infant. His grandmother, who didn’t have more than a fifth-grade education, raised hi...

The Real Reason There Aren't Enough Teachers Of Color

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.14.2016 | Black Voices

American students are looking less and less like their teachers. While most American teachers are white women, a majority of K-12 students are from mi...

Despite Growing Income Inequality, Learning Gaps Between Rich And Poor Kids Are Actually Closing

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics

In a country where the earnings and lifestyles of the richest and poorest citizens are increasingly disparate, education researchers are offering up a...

Dismantling Racial Hierarchies, Ending Miseducation

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.15.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Today's guest author is Dr. Rev. PM Crowley Hillstrom. "I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront that this kind of racism exists." Go...

What Schools in One Place Can Learn from Schools Elsewhere

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.21.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In a recent blog, I responded to an article by Lisbeth Schorr and Srik Gopal about their concerns that the findings of randomized experiments will not...

Can Findings From One Set Of Schools Apply To Others?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Discussions about when generalization is most likely to take place are healthy and welcome. But they are not academic. America's schools are not getting better fast enough, and achievement gaps by race and class remain unacceptable.

Online Schools Need To Better Serve Students, Charter Groups Say

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics

About 180,000 students attend virtual charter schools without ever setting foot inside a classroom -- but such schools have a history of "well-documen...

Three Forces That Will Get Phones Out of School

Richard Freed | Posted 06.08.2016 | Education
Richard Freed

I suggest that you reach out to school leaders to request that your school become phone-free. Know that science is on your side. Also, know that leading schools have shown that limits work. Together, we can help our students succeed.

What Students Like Me Really Need

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 06.01.2016 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

By Anna Populorum "As a student, I'm told where I need to go, but not how to get there. What kids like me really need is guidance. We need a commun...

A Memo to Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

The Gates Foundation has done remarkable work across the globe. How about taking some of your formidable resources and bringing them on home to America's children and communities?

The Education System Is Rigged Against Low-Income Students Even In Kindergarten

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

Students born into poverty enter kindergarten at a disadvantage to more affluent peers. As they advance through the grades, they receive lower test sc...

Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris Attack Anyone Who Disagrees

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Recently, a prominent American citizen released a video urging the next president of the United States to spend one day teaching in a high-poverty sch...

Black And Latino Students Lose Out To White Peers. And It's Getting Worse.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

It has been 62 years since Brown v. Board of Education made segregated schools unconstitutional. Yet the number of black students attending separate a...

Girls Understand Technology Better Than Boys On This Test

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

There's a dearth of female employees at tech companies, but that doesn't mean girls don't have the skills or knowledge to succeed in that field. New r...

Money and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.14.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Many years ago, I spent a few days testifying in a funding equity case in Alabama. At the end of my testimony, the main lawyer for the plaintiffs drov...

Make America Great: Get All Our Children "Off the Reservation" 

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.14.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

I think it is time for some introspection. It's time for all of us to give some real thought to America's racist and destructive history, beginning as far back as our country, as we know it, begins - with Native Americans.

White Teachers Have Pretty Low Opinions Of Their Black Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices

White teachers tend to have a lot more faith in the abilities of students who look like them, according to a new study. The study from Johns Hopkins a...

Some Cities Are Making Great Strides In Educating Low-Income Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

Many American cities are home to massive achievement gaps that divide rich and poor students. But some are doing a far better job than others in educa...

It's Actually Really Important That Kids Take The School Bus

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.29.2016 | Parents

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. Hop on the bus, Gus. Students who ride the school bus in the critical ...

The Times They are a-Changin'

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.24.2016 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Policies that excuse everyone but teachers for the poor conditions in which an increasing share of US children grow up have not improved achievement, and they appear to be helping gaps grow, if anything.

The Sad Reason Behind The Achievement Gap In Science

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.04.2016 | Black Voices

The seeds of the achievement gap in science are planted before a child has ever set foot in an elementary school, according to a new study. The new r...

Schools Are Finally Starting To Embrace This Method Of Closing The Achievement Gap

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices

Schools and states have poured millions of dollars into overhauling teacher evaluation systems, rotating staff members and collecting and analyzing da...

Are We Really 250 Years Away From Closing the Achievement Gap?

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 01.26.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

This "wait" has almost always meant "never." ... "Justice too long delayed is justice denied." --Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail ...