Achievement Gap

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Kimora Gantt, 8, right, does homework while Jason Gantt, 5, gets his head shaved by his father, Bobby Gantt. After struggling with homelessness, the family has found stability in a home they rent through the housing authority in Tacoma, Wash.
—Ian C. Bates for Education Week

K-12, Housing Partner to Aid Homeless Students

A partnership between a Tacoma, Wash., elementary school and the local housing authority shows promise for driving down high rates of student mobility. (December 9, 2014)

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With the shift to a majority-poor enrollment in the nation's public schools, policymakers and school officials need to up the ante in addressing the needs of disadvantaged children and the challenges in educating them, researchers and educators say.
January 27, 2015 - Education Week
A new study also finds that nearly one-third of students who didn't choose one of the district's "welcoming schools" opted for lower-performing schools than the ones they left behind.
January 27, 2015 - Education Week
Rather than quick fixes through "management science," schools must improve students’ attitudes about achievement, Garrison Walters says.
January 27, 2015 - Education Week
Pediatricians join the Too Small to Fail campaign's push to encourage parents to talk, read, and sing to their infants and toddlers as a key precursor to literacy.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
Differentiated instruction adds depth and complexity to teaching, but it's all but impossible to implement in today's classrooms, James Delisle writes.
January 6, 2015 - Education Week
January 2, 2015 - Education Week
A partnership between a Tacoma, Wash., elementary school and the local housing authority shows promise for driving down high rates of student mobility.
December 9, 2014 - Education Week
Those seeking continued leeway from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act will largely be able to stay the course in key policy areas, federal guidance says.
December 2, 2014 - Education Week
More than half the students who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test are expected to fall below the cutoffs for grade-level proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics.
November 17, 2014 - Education Week
Directing philanthropic support toward supporting black girls is one way to lift this neglected group of students, Fatima Goss Graves says.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week

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