Achievement Gap

The latest news about the achievement gap, including articles, opinion essays, and special features

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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Quiz Yourself: Achievement Gaps
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?

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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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“Good to Great” author Jim Collins, who has spent more than 25 years studying what separates the best businesses from the rest, highlights effective efforts to improve school outcomes in a new monograph.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
We’re leaving out a large swath of students whose giftedness doesn't line up with traditional lesson-learning, writes Joseph S. Renzulli.
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
The Racial Equity Gap
October 30, 2019 – Education Week
As black-white achievement gaps widen in schools, so, too, do disparities in discipline rates between black and white students, according to a study published Wednesday of 2,000 schools.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
A massive experiment involving 17,000 students in four countries finds gains for inquiry-, or problem-based teaching over traditional approaches.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
A new analysis finds that high-poverty schools are the least effective. But why those schools stifle achievement is harder to figure out.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
Many of education's most common questions skip a logical step or two, warns Alfie Kohn.
September 4, 2019 – Education Week
Homeless students' graduation rates should be a national priority for us all, urge John King and John Bridgeland.
August 28, 2019 – Education Week
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
Does a student have a fixed or a growth mindset? That's the wrong question for us to measure, argues researcher Dave Paunesku.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week

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