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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In the face of coronavirus and deep budget cuts, summer learning programs must find new ways to safely engage kids in educational activities this year.
June 10, 2020 – Education Week
The rocky shift to remote learning has exacerbated inequities for the nation's 5 million English-learners. An army of multilingual liaisons work round the clock to plug widening gaps.
April 27, 2020 – Education Week
Faced with uncertainty, new financial concerns, and the prospect of more remote learning, and confusion, a growing number of college-bound high school seniors are reconsidering where and whether they’ll pursue higher education.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
With many school buildings closed for the rest of the academic year—and more to follow—district leaders turn their attention to making up for what may be deep learning losses.
April 7, 2020 – Education Week
New data tools allow users to see how public schools fall short when it comes to providing all students the resources they need to meet their highest potential.
March 4, 2020 – Education Week
Fed up with their district’s unmet pledges to stop steering African American students into low-level classes, parents take action.
March 4, 2020 – Education Week
By automatically enrolling all students in high-level courses, schools in Washington state are working to erase a long entrenched form of inequity.
March 4, 2020 – Education Week
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
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

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