Achievement Gap

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Students in an after-school program at PS 277 in New York have a virtual conversation with Destiny Davis, a study-abroad student in China, through the Reach the World project.
—Courtesy of Reach the World

Study-Abroad Programs Build 'Next Generation' Travelers

Precollegiate schools play a role in a new campaign to expand the student-traveler pipeline and spread the learning around. (October 20, 2015)

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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Differentiation: Moving Away from One Size Fits All
Students use technology to customize many aspects of their lives, and schools are now finding technology can also help teachers customize, or differentiate, instruction for each student.

Spurring Latino Students to Higher Achievement
In this webinar, our guests examined what the Miami-Dade school district has done to support its Latino students.

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Helping Students Motivate Themselves
Longtime community organizer Larry Ferlazzo discussed techniques he used in his classroom to help students to motivate themselves to learn.

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As an ESEA rewrite nears the finish line, states must prepare for a scaled-back federal footprint and how to assure continued progress for low-performing student subgroups.
November 10, 2015 - Education Week
PARCC and Smarter Balanced have formative assessments that enable teachers to see if students 'get it' long before the tests.
November 9, 2015 - Education Week
Response to intervention failed to improve the reading skills of students identified for initial interventions in a 13-state study.
November 6, 2015 - Education Week
We need systemic policies that press for academic growth of all students, write Chester E. Finn and Brandon L. Wright.
November 3, 2015 - Education Week
The first national study of online charter schools found that the schools generate dramatically weaker academic growth than their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
November 3, 2015 - Education Week
A variety of culprits are being cited as the cause of a sudden drop in NAEP scores, but experts recommend caution.
October 30, 2015 - Education Week
Michael V. Walker's job has a singular purpose: keeping the school system's black male students on a positive academic track.
October 27, 2015 - Education Week
Gifted and honors classes are often dominated by white students from well-off families, but some districts are removing the barriers that keep out low-income students and students of color.
October 27, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is encouraged by preliminary state-by-state data showing that graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year were up from the year before.
October 27, 2015 - Education Week
Precollegiate schools play a role in a new campaign to expand the student-traveler pipeline and spread the learning around.
October 20, 2015 - Education Week

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