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  • The knowledge gap: Implications of leveling the playing field for low-income and middle-income children

    1/1/06 - Neuman, Susan B., Celano, Donna

    This study examines children's uses of reading resources in neighborhood public libraries that have been transformed to "level the playing field." Through foundation funding (US$20 million), the public library system of Philadelphia converted neighborhood branch libraries into a technologized modern urban library system, hoping to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and their families by closing the achievement gap. Using a mosaic of ethnographic methodologies, four studies examined...

  • The Matter of Dropouts

    1/1/09 - Ramirez, A. L., Carpenter, Dick

    The article discusses how examining the diversity of students can help reduce the achievement gap. The authors suggest that the achievement gap is more complex than a divide between white and minority students and comment on differences in achievement within ethnic and racial groups. They describe research which reveals that ethnicity did not affect dropout risks and suggest that gaps exist within ethnic groups based on factors such as socioeconomic status, amount of algebra studied, work in...

  • The role of migration, family characteristics and English-language ability in Latino academic achievement

    1/1/04 - Johnson-Webb, Karen D.

    Latinos comprise the largest minority group in the U.S. and 63 percent are foreign-born. An educational gap exists between Latinos in the U.S. and other groups in the U.S. Lower educational attainment has ramifications for labor market and other socioeconomic outcomes. Factors involving family context have best explained the educational gap, along with English proficiency and migration history. This study, using the Census long-form data, explores the role of socio-economic background...

  • The roles of parenting styles and social capital in the school performance of immigrant Asian and Hispanic adolescents

    1/1/05 - Pong, Suet-ling, Hao, Lingxin, Gardner, Erica

    Objective: This study investigates the role of parenting styles and social capital (parental involvement, intergenerational closure, expectation, and trust) in accounting for school performance among ethnic groups and across immigrant generations. Methods: Using data from the Adolescent Health Survey, we estimate fixed-effects models to analyze students' grade-point averages. We compare three generations of Asian students and three generations of Hispanic students to the third-generation...

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    Universal Access to a Quality Education: Research and Recommendations for the Elimination of Curricular Stratification

    1/16/09 - Carol C. Burris , Kevin G. Welner , Jennifer W. Bezoza

    "the principal recommendation made here is that policy makers and educators follow the path supported by the research evidence: the elimination of curricular tracks that separate students by race, socio-economic status, or assumptions about their learning potential. That is, we recommend the elimination of curricular stratification."

  • Urban/Rural Disparity and Migrant Children's Education: An Investigation into Schools for Children of Transient Workers in Beijing

    1/1/04 - Lu, Shaoqing, Zhang, Shouli

    Part of a special issue on migrant children's education and migrant children's schools in China. A study examined schools for children of transient workers in Beijing, China. Data were obtained primarily from 114 schools for migrant children in the Beijing municipality; 619 migrant peasant workers in Fengtai, Haidian, and Chaoyang districts; and teachers from these three districts who participated in a training intervention. Findings relate to how migrant children see the residence...

  • Why Black girls don't matter: Exploring how race and gender shape academic success in an inner city school

    1/1/07 - Rollock, Nicola

    The continued low academic attainment of Black pupils is now a well-established, familiar feature of the annual statistics of educational attainment. Black pupils tend to consistently perform below their white counterparts and below the national average. Key debates, examining how to address the difference in attainment gap, have tended to focus almost exclusively on the achievements of Black male pupils with little explicit attention paid to the needs and experiences of their female...

  • Workbook for Improving School Climate: Using your California School Climate Health and Learning Survey data.

    1/1/12 - WestED

    This Workbook is a companion resource to the California School Climate Health and Learning Survey System (Cal– SCHLS) which includes the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), the California School Climate Survey for staff(CSCS), and the California School Parent Surve (CSPS). The CHKS, CSCS, and the CSPS contain a wealth of data that can be used to inform decisions meant to foster school improvement efforts, improve school climate, and enhance student engagement and performance and...

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