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Achievement Gap

Evidence, Brown, and the Civil Rights Act

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.24.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In my own field, education, the "gap" between white students and African American and Hispanic children is always decried but never solved. It has remained about the same since 1980. Could we solve it?

50 Years After the Civil Rights Act

Dan Cardinali | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

We're not facing angry mobs and jail time, but I like to think that our work is furthering the hopes and dreams of the brave kids who marched in the streets of Birmingham.

The Major Disadvantage Facing Black Students, Even In Kindergarten

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

Sixty years after the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education integrated the nation’s classrooms, black and white students still largely ...

To Close the Achievement Gap, We Need to Close the Teaching Gap

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Ignored by our current education policies are the facts that one in four American children lives below the poverty line and a growing number are homeless, without regular access to food or health care, and stressed by violence and drug abuse around them. Educators now spend a great deal of their time trying to help children and families in their care manage these issues, while they also seek to close skill gaps and promote learning.

Disadvantaged Youth Most Affected By Loss of Summer Reading: Recommended Reading List

Quassan Castro | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Poor children are most vulnerable to decline in reading skills during the summer. Ninety percent of reading achievement loss for disadvantaged youth takes place during the scorching summer months.

The Problem With A Culture Of Excellence

Pacific Standard | Bettina Chang | Posted 06.19.2014 | World

Speak with anyone about student success in America and race will either enter the discussion early or be the increasingly difficult-to-ignore elephant...

What I Didn't Do on My Summer Vacation

Patrick Corvington | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

While for many kids summer is long-awaited, for many parents it's long-feared. It's a time when low-income kids are losing ground and gaining weight rather then gaining ground and losing weight; a time when they are slipping down the summer slide.

Hold on -- New Orleans Isn't All Charters

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I confess to a momentary confusion when I read the headlines that all of New Orleans' traditional schools had closed and it is now an "all-charter" city.

Let's Have an Honest Conversation About Accountability

Kati Haycock | Posted 06.05.2014 | Education
Kati Haycock

Let's be clear here. Our kids take the journey through school only once; the poorest among them, in particular, need us to get serious about their education while they are on that journey, not years later.

A Tale of Two Kindergartens -- Well, Three Now That I Think About It

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In conversations about education, there is a lot of talk about "higher expectations," and it isn't always clear what that means. But in the last few ...

Current History in Covington High School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Before visiting a school in Kansas, I stopped by the Topeka schoolhouse museum dedicated to the desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, decide...

Rebecca Klein

Minority Students Don't Only Get Less Experienced Teachers, They Also Get Less Effective Ones

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.11.2014 | Black Voices

It's already known that low-income students of color generally have less experienced teachers, but a new study from the Center for American Progress r...

Overcoming Achievement Gaps Defined by Zip Codes

Nicholas Donohue | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nicholas Donohue

By ignoring inefficacies and inequities, we are accepting them.

Mexican-American Course in Texas Matter of Debate

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Texas State Board of Education members are debating whether or not a Mexican-American elective social studies course has a place on the state's offici...

It's a Big Task, but Schools Have the Job of Improving Kids' Opportunities for Success

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

There is one public institution that has providing children with equal opportunities as its primary goal, and that is our schools. That is a heavy burden indeed, given that policy choices have undermined their ability to live up to the job.

'Standards Work Is Standards Work'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some people are inspired by heroic deeds in extraordinary circumstances; I'm inspired by the everyday competence and thoughtfulness of folks like Branch and the hardworking teachers I saw at Garfield.

Think Twice Before Jumping on the Anti-Testing Bandwagon

Kati Haycock | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Kati Haycock

Parents want to be partners in their children's education, but they can't do that very well without honest information about how their children are doing.

Does School 'Reform' Have to Mean Separate and Unequal?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 06.01.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Making test scores too high a priority can ultimately limit students' real potential. A recent report about the success of Alice Deal Middle School in Washington DC highlights that ironic reality.

Owning the Achievement Gap in Higher Education

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

At my community college in suburban Maryland, much of our conversation lately revolves around what students need -- what they need to access college a...

Education Equity: Challenges and Suggestions

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.20.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Equity in education has long been an ideal. It's an ideal celebrated in a variety of contexts, too. Even the Founding Fathers celebrated education as ...

Even Cafeterias Are Part of School Culture

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Not long ago I was in DeLisle Elementary School in Pass Christian, Miss., and met the person in charge of the cafeteria as she was setting out food fo...

Restoring Opportunity

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I just read a fascinating book, Restoring Opportunity, by Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane. It describes the now-familiar problems of growing inequa...

National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards -- Part Two: Closing the Achievement Gap

Marc H. Morial | Posted 05.12.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

Once these implementation wrinkles are ironed out, we believe that over time, a commitment to higher standards for every student will go a long way towards closing the achievement gap.

The Homework Conundrum

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.12.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

To many parents, homework seems as much a part of schooling as lunchroom cafeterias. But does it really make a difference?

Three Suggestions for 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.10.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Conversations about education reform have been hijacked by school privatization and longstanding suggestions that have not significantly moved the ach...