Education A National Roundup

Analyzing Reasons for Achievement Gaps

November 08, 2005 1 min read

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

* Percent of teachers ranking factor among top five

SOURCE: Teach for America June 2005 survey of 2,000 teachers
A version of this article appeared in the November 09, 2005 edition of Education Week