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  • 21st Century Knowledge and Skills in Educator Preparation

    1/1/10 - Partnership for 21st Century Skills

    This is an exciting and challenging time for teacher educators. The nature of teaching is changing. In an effort to transform themselves into exemplary educator preparation institutions, many programs are becoming more entrepreneurial, recognizing new opportunities and making changes required to respond to the needs of 21st century learners. Many are successfully engaged in strategies such as: • Providing high-quality alternative routes to teaching, • Building on private and...

  • A How-to Plan for Widening the Gap

    1/1/09 - Marshall, Kim

    The article discusses ways that instructional decision making could widen achievement gaps for students. The author suggests educational leaders might increase achievement gaps through policies that benefit advantaged students, such as assigning novice teachers to classes with disadvantaged students, reducing professional development regarding classroom management and reducing classroom activities. She suggests effective teaching, a positive classroom environment, teacher collaboration...

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    A next social contract for the primary years of education

    1/9/10 - Lisa Guernsey, Sara Mead

    "We, as a nation, are doing a very good job of squandering human potential and making life harder for all Americans as a result. This has to stop. If our government, at the local, state, and federal level, does not start investing in education systems that reach children before kindergarten, and if it does not get serious about providing children with high-quality instruction throughout the earliest years of their schooling, it is wasting taxpayer dollars, ignoring decades of research and...

  • Accountability, Standards, and the Growing Achievement Gap: Lessons from the Past Half-Century

    1/1/06 - Harris, Douglas N., Herrington, Carolyn D.

    The rise of accountability policies during the early 1990s coincided with an increase in the achievement gap between white and minority students, reversing decades of steady improvement in outcome equity. This article explores the policies that helped to reduce the achievement gap before 1990, the effects of the subsequent shift toward accountability, and what can be learned from past successes to guide the future development of accountability systems. An extensive review of research...

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    Adding value to discussions about value-added: A new framework for talking about teacher effectiveness

    1/16/09 - Raegen Miller

    "Past initiatives to improve teacher quality offer two general lessons. First, simplistic responses—across-the-board raises, more stringent licensure requirements, mandated professional development—are extremely expensive, utterly ineffective, or both. Only policies that tightly link incentives to desired results stand a chance of being effective and affordable. Clearly, making such links requires a robust approach to assessing teachers’ impact on outcomes of interest, especially...

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    AfterZones: Creating a Citywide System to Support and Sustain High-Quality After-School Programs

    1/23/10 - Laura J. Kotloff

    "Building on a long history of investments in OST learning, The Wallace Foundation launched an out-of-school learning initiative in 2003. The initiative was created to support citywide system-building efforts that could advance three interrelated goals for the OST field: improving program quality, making programs accessible to youth who need them most, and improving youth participation so more children can realize benefits. The Foundation granted funds to five cities to support their...

  • Altered Destinies: Making Life Better for Schoolchildren in Need

    1/1/99 - Gene I. Maeroff
  • An Approach to Eradicating the Achievement Gap: Making Instruction Meaningful

    1/1/08 - Campos, David

    The article discusses how lessons taught to white and Asian students may eliminate the achievement gap. According to the author, social factors affect children of color including African American and Latino school children making them not as proficient as their white and Asian-American counterparts. An overview of the lesson plan reflecting questions on the students' personal experience that relate to social, political, and economic conditions is offered. The author suggests that teachers...

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    Are there differences in achievement between boys and girls?

    1/2/10 - Center on Education Policy,

    "Disparities between boys and girls in reading and mathematics achievement have long been a concern among educators. While the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) does not hold school systems directly accountable for making adequate yearly progress (AYP) for the male and female subgroups, as it does for racial/ethnic and other subgroups, the Act does require states and school districts to publicly report test results broken down by gender. These requirements to disaggregate and publicize test...

  • At Risk Children in Resegregated Schools: An Analysis of the Achievement Gap

    1/1/03 - Ipka, V. W.

    Historically, political and social forces have strategically converged to directly influence the formulation and implementation of education policies that seek to equalize educational opportunities for members of minority groups. Such has been the case with school desegregation efforts. Since the 1954 Brown Decision, powerful interest groups have sought and secured the assistance of the courts in providing legal support in abandoning desegregation initiatives. Unfortunately, fifty years...

  • Behind in assessment and losing the shame game

    3/1/14 - Ferguson, Maria

    When the most recent PISA scores were released last fall, there was a flurry of headlines about America’s stagnant public schools. American students were characterized as being asleep at the wheel and in need of a major wake-up call. If we really wanted the public to look closer and try to understand why PISA, NAEP and other Behind in assessment and losing the shame game kinds of assessments are important, we would need to do more than just shame public schools. We would need to have a...

  • Bridging the Knowing and Doing Gap: The No Child Left Behind Act, Race, and Suburban School Districts

    1/1/08 - Griffith, Henry C., Sr., Conrad, Timothy L.

    Details of how one suburban school district in Ohio has embraced the No Child Left Behind Act and embarked on several initiatives to meet its goals and to close the achievement gap between white and black students are provided. First, the district's top leadership dedicated itself to closing the achievement gap before committing others to the vision and a strong team was put in place to support leadership in making the changes necessary to transform the vision into reality. One of the...

  • Chances and choices: Making integration work.

    1/1/90 - Fullwood, D.
  • Closing the Achievement Gap

    1/1/05

    Technology makes the assessment of student achievement based on ethnicity more precise and faster and can create and store a huge amount of remediation activities. Furthermore, technology can engage students in alternative teaching and learning that is customized to students' individual learning styles and standards. Examples of the use of technology to help close the achievement gap in West Virginia and Louisiana are provided.

  • Closing the Achievement Gap: The Experience of a Middle School

    1/1/07 - Larocque, Michelle

    The accountability imperative requires schools to evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs. Florida answered the accountability imperative by instituting statewide objective assessments and assigning grades to schools. The latter move led to several initiatives concerning the practices that improve schools in Florida. This article describes how leadership, community involvement, data-driven decision making, and the celebration of diversity reversed a negative trend in the academic...

  • Closing the Achievement Gap: The Experience of a Middle School

    1/1/07 - Laroque, Michelle

    The accountability imperative requires schools to evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs. Florida answered the accountability imperative by instituting statewide objective assessments and assigning grades to schools. The latter move led to several initiatives concerning the practices that improve schools in Florida. This article describes how leadership, community involvement, data-driven decision making, and the celebration of diversity reversed a negative trend in the academic...

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