Achievement Gap

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Disparities Continue to Plague U.S. Schools, Federal Data Show

Student suspensions dropped by nearly 20 percent nationally, new data show, but those from traditionally disadvantaged groups still get disproportionately more punishments and fewer academic opportunities. (June 7, 2016)

Spotlight on the Achievement Gap

This Spotlight explores progress and setbacks on the achievement gap front and what schools are doing to improve learning results for all children.

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01/31 08:46 am | Changing the National Narrative About Public Schools ... Next Steps | By Cheryl Williams, Executive Director, Learning First Alliance (LFA)  Over the past year, member organizations in the Learning First Alliance (LFA) have shared their ...

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Starting in fall 2017, English-learner students will be able to request extra time or other accommodations on the college-entrance exam.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
A research analysis of dozens of studies finds links between improved school climates and narrowing gaps between low-income students and their peers.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
The network was built with the help of an FCC program called the Educational Broadband Service, which needs to be opened up to more schools, critics say.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
Researchers and educators are collaborating in 13 rural Virginia districts to develop lessons that speak to academically promising students through their surroundings.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
The new federal K-12 law gives states and districts a freer hand in fixing their lowest-performing schools, but questions loom on whether that leeway will translate into better outcomes.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
As states and districts grapple with how to develop and use evidenced for school improvement, several new resources are rolling out to help them.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
A focus on the bottom of the scale may mask challenges for higher-performing schools when it comes to boosting achievement for students who lag behind.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
A rural Southern school with a predominantly Native American population engages the whole community in its continued quest for improvement.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
Approaches that have proven effective in working with special education students and English-learners hold potential for helping all students.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
Aiming to get beyond just spreadsheets and test scores, Vermont and other states experiment with new ways to scope out schools' strengths and weaknesses.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week

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