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State Lawmakers' Recommendations

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"Closing the Achievement Gap," a report released last week by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, recommends that legislatures and school districts take the following actions:

  • Make improving student literacy a top priority by expanding access to high-quality preschool;
  • Invest in teacher professional development, expand access to Advanced Placement courses, and put well-qualified teachers in high-poverty and high-minority schools;
  • Redesignate low-performing schools as high-priority schools by committing the work, time, and federal and state funding needed to change those schools;
  • Involve parents, school staff members, and the community in reforms;
  • Continue and expand bilingual education programs;
  • Use proven reforms in resource allocation, collaboration, leadership, and fiscal development; and
  • Define the characteristics of low-performing schools, and develop an improvement plan.

SOURCE: National Black Caucus of State Legislators

Vol. 21, Issue 14, Page 27

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