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Journal Article: Closing the achievement gap: Lessons from Illinois' golden spike high-poverty high-performing schools

Journal Article » Closing the achievement gap: Lessons from Illinois' golden spike high-poverty high-performing schools

Categories

Academic Achievement, Lower Income Level, Poverty, Schools

Authors

McGee, Glenn W.

Published

2004, Apr

Abstract

The achievement gap is the single most critical issue in American education. This study illustrates the difference in academic performance between low-income children and their peers, between minority children and their classmates, and between those schools that serve a majority of children from low-income families and those that serve a more advantaged population. Using a research framework, the author identifies and examines Golden Spike schools--Illinois schools that have a sustained record of closing the achievement gap. Quantitative and qualitative analyses reveal that the Golden Spike schools have distinct commonalities in leadership, literacy, teacher qualities, and community engagement, while characteristics such as school size, class size, and alignment with state standards make little, if any, difference in their ability to close the achievement gap. The study concludes with state and local policy recommendations that will enable high-poverty schools to make substantial progress in bridging the gap. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA ) (journal abstract)

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