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Achievement Gap

Committed Citizens Make for Effective Intentional Partnerships

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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...

Joy Resmovits

Fewer Than Half Of American Students Are Ready For College

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

As American students return to classes in a public education system projected to be majority minority for the first time this fall, new test scores pr...

Campbell Brown's Education Reform Isn't Good for Children

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.19.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Perhaps Brown would be interested in knowing that charter schools, non-union schools and schools without tenure protections actually don't outperform their counterparts.

Success Isn't for You

Chris Deaver | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Chris Deaver

Having come to a place in my career now that could be considered success, I've realized that success isn't for me. Now, before you write me off, let me explain.

Failure of D.C. Education Reform Initiatives Revealed

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.12.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

This year's release of D.C. Public Schools standardized test scores came with much less fanfare than in 2013 -- growth in "proficiency" is smaller, and district leaders were recently called out for lack of transparency in past releases, and for using averages to hide growing race- and income-based gaps.

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

Anthony Cody | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Anthony Cody

The corporate under-written Common Core standards and tests are at best a distraction and at worse add grievous insult to injury for children of color.

Monopolies Don't Build Democracies, People Do

Preston Smith | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Preston Smith

As a matter of principle, for America, every child should receive a quality education that prepares her for a successful future. America's children deserve nothing less and the urgency to restore high confidence in public education couldn't be more palpable.

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 09.08.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | 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 08.23.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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 ...

Living History in Covington High School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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.