Closing the Achievement Gap: A Vision for Changing Beliefs and Practices

Closing the Achievement Gap: A Vision for Changing Beliefs and Practices

Closing the Achievement Gap: A Vision for Changing Beliefs and Practices

Closing the Achievement Gap: A Vision for Changing Beliefs and Practices

Synopsis

Despite years of reform, a persistent achievement gap remains between students in urban schools and elsewhere. Recognizing that goal setting and good intentions cannot close the gap, the authors provide a research-based synthesis of the dynamics that contribute to urban students' academic achievement patterns.

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Belinda Williams

Clearly, issues power and privilege contribute to the contin
uation poor schooling for many children, and the effects of
racism and classism cannot be ignored. Yet, in the course my
work, I have also come to believe that much the reason for the
current sorry state many schools is a genuine lack under
standing on the part policymakers and practitioners about
what is needed to produce schools that can teach for understand
ing in the context a complex pluralistic society.

ā€”Linda Darling-Hammond (1997, p. xvi)

Despite some evidence of success and strong progress by black, Hispanic, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students from 1970 to 1988, the education reform efforts of the last decade have not enabled significant numbers of students to become educationally competitive or to close the gaps in achievement (D'Amico, 2001; Lee, 2002; National Center for Education Statistics, 2001; Olson, 1996). The achievement gap is apparent in a range of educational success indicators (grades, test scores, dropout rates, college entrance/completion rates, and so forth) and in every kind of school district and socioeconomic group (D'Amico, 2001).

The Achievement Gap Puzzle:
What's Missing from Current Reforms?

In the following chapters, the authors provide answers to the question, [What else do we need to know and do to close the achievement gaps among groups?] The information presented in this book will go beyond . . .

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