Over the past five years, staff members at the Education Trust have shared these and related data on the achievement gap with hundreds of audiences all over the United States. When we speak with adults, no matter where we are in the country, they make the same comments. Young people, however, have different answers.
Over the past five years, staff members at the Education Trust have shared these and related data on the achievement gap with hundreds of audiences all over the United States.
During that time, we've learned a lot about what people think is going on. When we speak with adults, no matter where we are in the country, they make the same comments. Young people, however, have different answers. They talk about teachers who often do not know the subjects that they are teaching.
They talk about counselors who consistently underestimate their potential and place them in lower-level courses.
They talk about principals who dismiss their concerns. And they talk about a curriculum and a set of expectations that feel so miserably low-level that they literally bore the students right out the school door. When we ask, "What about the things that the adults are always talking about—neighborhood violence, single-parent homes, and so on?
It's not that issues like poverty and parental education don't matter. But we take the students who have less to begin with and then systematically give them less in school.
In fact, we give these students less of everything that we believe makes a difference.
We do this in hundreds of different ways. Let me be clear. It would help if changes were made outside of schools, too: But because both research and experience show that what schools do matters greatly, I'll concentrate on what works in education.
Standards Are Key Historically, we have not agreed on what U. These decisions have been left to individual schools and teachers. The result is a system that, by and large, doesn't ask much of most of its students.
And we don't have to go far to find that out: Ask the nearest teenager.
In survey after survey, young people tell us that they are not challenged in school. The situation is worse in high-poverty and high-minority schools.
For the past six years, our staff at the Education Trust has worked with teachers who are trying to improve the achievement levels of their students. But while we've been observing these high-poverty classrooms, we've also looked carefully at what happens there—what kinds of assignments teachers give, for example—compared to what happens in other classrooms.
We have come away stunned. Stunned, first, by how little is expected of students in high-poverty schools—how few assignments they get in a given school week or month.
Stunned, second, by the low level of the few assignments that they do get. In high-poverty urban middle schools, for example, we see a lot of coloring assignments, rather than writing or mathematics assignments.
Even at the high school level, we found coloring assignments. Clear and public standards for what students should learn at benchmark grade levels are a crucial part of solving the problem. They are a guide—for teachers, administrators, parents, and students themselves—to what knowledge and skills students must master.
Kentucky was the first state to embrace standards-based reform.How can we close the achievement gap? If we are to provide a truly equal, high-quality education to all students – the only true long-term solution to the achievement gap – we must start by acknowledging the inequalities in the system we currently operate, and we must focus on providing all students with well-trained, effective.
You’ve Heard About the Achievement Gap.
Here’s 10 Ways Communities Can Help Close It. Here’s 10 things we can do to get closer to closing the achievement gap. 1. Community members, with or without children of their .
The achievement gap in the United States is the observed, persistent disparity in measures of educational performance among subgroups of U.S. students, Good teachers can actually close or eliminate the gaps in achievement on the standardized tests that separate white and minority students.
We hope that the Council will require an evaluation of the investment of our at-risk dollars, as well as the new DCPS Excellence Through Equity investment, and work to ensure that this dedicated funding is being spent effectively to close the gaps that plague our city’s educational systems.
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