Published Online: November 8, 2005
Published in Print: November 9, 2005, as Analyzing Reasons for Achievement Gaps

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Analyzing Reasons for Achievement Gaps

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Teach for America corps members cite school quality, not society, as to blame.

Top Causes of Gaps
Factor %*
Teacher quality 55
Students' expectations of themselves 46
Academic expectations from school 45
Academic expectations from home 45
Principal/administrator quality 40

Top Strategies for Closing Gaps
Factor %*
Higher-quality teachers 61
Increased common belief in the potential of students in low-income communities 60
Higher-quality principals and administrators 50
Smaller class size 48
Improvement of services outside schools 47

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