Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Closing the Achievement Gap

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Closing the Achievement Gap

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Only within the last two decades have states and districts reported student achievement disaggregated by student categories. This reporting has highlighted the difference in student achievement, thereby making evident the failure of the schools to educate every child. A recent article in The New York Times (Sam Dillon, "School Law Spurs Efforts to End Minority Gap," 2005) even reported on the many efforts being made in schools to close the achievement gap of minority students. While education stakeholders recognize the importance of this issue, many still find it difficult to make and sustain progress in terms of student achievement. Although numerous states have looked at test scores based on ethnicity in the past, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) places an additional emphasis on states, districts, and schools to address this issue and report on the progress being made.

Prior to the advent of educational technology, educators would, ideally, assess where students were, provide remediation activities, and ensure that students had access to alternative methods of teaching and learning. Today's technology makes assessment more precise and returns test results faster. It can also create and store a vast amount of exciting and interesting remediation activities. Finally, technology can involve students in alternative methods of teaching and learning tailored to the individual learning styles and standards most appropriate for each student.

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