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.

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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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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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State scores come from an Education Week Research Center analysis of education-related opportunities, as well as social and economic conditions.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week
The nation has made modest improvements in student academic achievement in the past decade, but results among states are uneven, according to a new ranking system.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week
At a time when schools face increasing accountability for bringing down student absenteeism, a new analysis highlights the scale of the task.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week
Recent studies raise some hard questions about the value of ability-based reading groups.
August 29, 2018 – Education Week
Many of Beau Baker’s brightest students in Louisville, Ky., entered high school thinking college was not for a first-generation kid like them. Baker is working to change that.
August 1, 2018 – Education Week
A push to get a federal court to recognize a constitutional right to education continues, despite last month's dismissal of a Detroit right-to-read case.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
The same narrative that gave rise to child-separation policies has broader implications in education, write two University of Washington professors.
June 29, 2018 – Education Week
A Seattle partnership between researchers and practitioners is using a continuous improvement approach to improve outcomes for students making the rocky transition from 8th to 9th grades.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
But will reductions in course-failure rates be enough to sustain the controversial San Francisco program?
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
Whether it is discomfort or ignorance or a combination of both, many teachers don’t demand enough of their students of color, writes educator Jamilah Pitts.
May 23, 2018 – Teacher

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