Achievement Gap

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Julie Latessa sings to students in a summer learning program in Providence, R.I., earlier this summer. The program is part of coordinated efforts between the city and school district to boost students’ academic performance and overall well-being.
—Gretchen Ertl for Education Week

In Some Cities, Closing Achievement Gaps Is Not for Schools to Fix Alone

Some cities are closely partnering with their school districts to provide an array of academic, health, and behavioral services to raise the odds that poor children are successful. (September 11, 2018)

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Spotlight on Closing the Achievement Gap

In this Spotlight, see how positive school climates are narrowing gaps between low-income students and their peers, learn how schools are enrolling English-language learners in gifted classes, and read about the need for a more diverse teaching force.

Spotlight on Equity

This Spotlight considers the digital divide in how teachers learn to use technology, how teachers are trained to address race and equity in the classroom, and the links between school climate and achievement gaps.

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What does the Every Student Succeeds Act say about advanced-achievement data, how are English-language learners represented in gifted education programs, and what areas are facing the largest black-white achievement gaps?


Hidden Inequities: An Education Week Analysis
Everybody knows about achievement gaps, but the mechanisms that contribute to educational disparity aren’t always obvious. This six-month series roots out some of the unseen inequities in schools and communities.

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The District of Columbia trailed behind most of the country in 2008 in offering students a chance for success. It's now No. 7, the nation’s most improved in that time.
January 22, 2020 – Education Week
California no longer uses the term “at-risk,” with supporters arguing it stigmatized students. But some are skeptical that the new term is better.
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
The largest organization representing Minnesota educators announced Wednesday that it opposes a plan to change the state Constitution in an effort to narrow the state's persistent academic achievement gap.
January 9, 2020 – Education Week
Why don’t black students perform as well as white students on tests? One reporter considers her personal history to understand this disparity.
January 8, 2020 – Education Week
At the heart of a sweeping plan to improve education in Maryland with billions in added funding is the goal of addressing inequities in schools that serve high numbers of children in poverty—a problem experts in education say is a fundamental one in the United States.
January 3, 2020 – AP
With more than 40 million unique visitors a year, is a wildly popular source of information on K-12 schools. Though the site has added more factors and nuance to how it rates schools, researchers argue that it’s exacerbating already existing patterns of segregation.
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
What we call education inequality defines how—and even if—we solve it, write three researchers.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
Students of color don't need to get "grittier," writes New America's Jenny Muñiz. They need us to fix institutional racism.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
Black students are not to blame for their lack of educational opportunities, argues assistant principal Eric Higgins.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
Researcher Robin Anderson shares what happened when one online community of teachers tried to unlearn their deficit mindsets together.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week

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