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Achievement Gap

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...

For our young men of color, do we have the will to make a way?

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.06.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The recently announced White House initiative "My Brother's Keeper" has triggered spirited responses about the reasons why boys and young men of color...

One Topic Often Left Out of Discussions About Education: Fun

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

School improvement is a really complex process. This week, I want to talk about something that is often left out of school reform discussions, and that is fun.

If 'My Brother's Keeper' Is to Succeed, the White House and Philanthropists Must Focus on Education Reform

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Through its "My Brother's Keeper" initiative announced today, the White House says it hopes to reroute the flow of boys and young men of color from the "cradle-to-prison" pipeline to the "cradle-to-career" pipeline. The stakes are extraordinarily high.

You've Heard About Schools That Haven't Improved -- Here's One That Did, and It Has Lessons for Us All

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

She arrived in October, after the school year had already begun, which is a difficult beginning for any principal. One of Montiel's first orders of business was to address the fact that very few students could meet state reading and math standards.

What NAEP Tells Us About How Much America Cares About Black Children

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.09.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

It would seem everyone has an answer for how to improve education. There has been progress, but not the sea change required for more citizens to enter...

Learning from Unexpected Schools

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Most schools that educate large percentages of children who live in poverty are low-performing. In fact, "high-poverty" has almost become a synonym for "low-performing." To some people, this demonstrates the inextricable link between poverty and low achievement.

Student Graduation in Latin America: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 03.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

What is clear is that improving graduation rates, and thus improving the school-to-work transition, continues to be one of the most difficult challenges faced by Latin American education systems.

Why We Can't Wait to Close the School Achievement Gap

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 03.21.2014 | Education
Mark Ridley-Thomas

As we mark the federal holiday that celebrates the life and work and sacrifice of Dr. King, the words of a young transformative leader in the making have been muted. A growing achievement gap affecting students of color threatens our communities.

This Is What Could Close The Achievement Gap Among Young Kids

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Just a few years of high-quality early childhood education could close the academic achievement gap between low-income and affluent students, a new st...

Transforming Not Just a School But a Community

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 02.24.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Back in 2005, I visited Atlanta's truly astonishing Centennial Place Elementary School. Serving a student body of mostly poor African American student...

Education Equity: Challenges and Suggestions

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | 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 ...

Does This State Fail When It Comes To Educating Hispanic Students?

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices

PAJARO, Calif. (AP) — As Hispanics surpass white Californians in population next year, the state becomes a potential model for the rest of the count...

Being Successful Means Never Saying You're Satisfied

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 02.24.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Just to give a sense of scale, only 56 percent of Maryland's fifth-graders -- and only 37 percent of low-income students -- read at an advanced level in 2013. At Chadwick, more than 95 percent of the low-income students read at an advanced level.

New Year's Resolutions To Do Right By Children

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

While I'm all for dropping 20, kicking the habit and being more punctual, the most important resolutions we can make on New Year's focus on our children, not ourselves. My jiggly thighs aren't a national catastrophe, but the way we treat the next generation is.

The Global Search For Education: Education Is My Right - South Africa

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

As you will discover today in Part 2 of the "Education Is My Right" series, Mandela's education legacy continues. Equity-focused educational change is Jonathan Jansen's work.

Thoughts on Closing the Achievement Gap

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.07.2014 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Despite claiming equality in education for all students, there is a marked difference between the achievements of white, middle-to-high class students and their peers of color and lower socioeconomic status. So what can we do to close the achievement gap in the U.S.?