Category: education

  • Can Technology Narrow the Black-White Achievement Gap?

    1/1/05 - Beglau, Monica M.

    The significant gains that have been made in the achievement of African-American students in Missouri may be the result of a collaborative education program called enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies (eMINTS), which uses technology to make a difference in student achievement. Focusing on the expectation that all students can attain higher performance levels, eMINTS includes mechanisms for increasing quality parental involvement and provides teachers with...

  • Celebrating Diversity and Denying Disparities: A Critical Assessment

    1/1/03 - Lubienski, Sarah Theule

    In the past, researchers concerned with educational achievement gaps sought to identify underlying causes of those gaps by examining deficiencies of students' home backgrounds. In reaction against this "blame the victim" approach, scholars have moved toward focusing on positive aspects of diversity. This article raises critical questions about the tradeoffs of framing all diversity as positive. The author contends that such framings divert attention from socioeconomic diversity and obscure...

  • Classroom interaction and gender disparity in secondary vocational instruction

    1/1/91 - Smith, Douglas C.
  • Closing Achievement Gaps: Roles and Tasks of Elementary School Counselors

    1/1/08 - Trusty, Jerry, Mellin, Elizabeth A., Herbert, James T.

    Achievement gaps among racial-ethnic and socioeconomic status groups are an enduring, pervasive, and multifaceted phenomenon. Therefore, efforts aimed at understanding and addressing these gaps must be developmentally and environmentally broad, involving numerous school counselor roles and tasks, including leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and strategic interventions. In this article, we first document achievement gap trends and then provide a framework for understanding and sequencing...

  • Closing Achievement Gaps: What Will It Take?

    1/1/05 - Uline, Cynthia L. ed, Johnson, Joseph F. Jr ed

    A special issue on closing achievement gaps is presented. Articles discuss the development of the standards movement, student-invloved classroom assessment, the appeal of "universalized pedagogies" in the field of education, the need for teacher education programs to promote social justice and accountability, the role of professional development in closing the achievement gap, the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium standards, three key strategies that district and school...

  • Closing of the gender gap in technology enriched science education: a case study

    1/1/00 - Mayer-Smith, Jolie, Pedretti, Erminia, Woodrow, Janice

    This case study explores a popular assertion, namely that success in technology enriched science classrooms is gender dependent. We investigate how students respond to substantive changes that accompany a comprehensive integration of technology with the teaching and learning of secondary science and physics. Specifically, we ask: (1) Do female students view, participate, and achieve differently than male students in technology enhanced science classrooms? and, (2) If not, why not? Empirical...

  • Closing the Achievement Gap


    A special section on closing the achievement gap. Articles discuss how educators can help close the literacy gap between ill-served students and their better-served peers, the need for teachers and school library media specialists to understand the importance of connecting students with books that interest them, a case study that examined the strategies used by one teacher to provide students with the support they needed to achieve academic excellence, the need for a pervasive...

  • Closing the Achievement Gap


    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 in Math: Considering Eighth Grade Algebra for All Students

    1/1/06 - Spielhagen, Frances R.

    Should all students study algebra in eighth grade? Would offering early access to algebra to all students help dose the achievement gap among minority populations? Traditional educational policies that provide eighth grade algebra to selected students raise questions about equitable access to advanced opportunities for all students. Even when access appears to be equitable throughout a school district's population, undetected lapses in equity may occur related to identification procedures...

  • Closing the Achievement Gap One Element at a Time

    1/1/05 - Jago, Carol

    All students need to study the elements of literature because understanding how a piece of literature works and knowing the terms to explain what they see in what they read is a fundamental reading skill. Although the study of literary terminology seems the epitome of school for school's sake for many students, the more students use literary terms in class, the more natural it becomes to employ them in writing and the deeper their understanding of the piece at hand becomes.

  • Closing the achievement gap through teacher collaboration: Facilitating multiple trajectories of teacher learning

    1/1/08 - Levine, Thomas H., Marcus, Alan S.

    How should district and school leaders improve education for students traditionally underserved by public education: by increasing control over teaching and curriculum, or by empowering groups of teachers to have more collective autonomy, responsibility, and opportunities for professional learning? second approach--promoting multiple trajectories of learning among groups of teachers--has advantages, as well as some challenges, as a means of closing various achievement gaps. Sociocultural...

  • Closing the Achievement Gap: Examining the Role of Cognitive Developmental Level in Academic Achievement

    1/1/06 - Cooper, Jennifer A., Schleser, Robert

    The achievement gap in mathematics between African American and Caucasian students has been observed for several decades, though previous research has been unable to fully explain why the gap exists. Using a sample of 56 kindergarten and first grade students, this study examined the role that cognitive developmental level plays in the achievement gap. Results indicated that African American students scored significantly lower than the Caucasian students on a test of mathematical achievement...

  • Closing the Achievement Gap: How Gifted Education Can Help

    1/1/06 - Ford, Donna Y.

    The writer discusses how gifted education can help close the achievement gap. She suggests that the underrepresentation of black and Latino students in gifted education should be discussed in efforts to both understand and close the achievement gap, asserts that too little attention has been paid to the achievement gap problem in gifted education, and proposes that although dozens of variables have been reported as contributing substantively to the achievement gap, increasing access to...

  • Closing the achievement gap: plausible solutions, multiple dimensions

    1/1/02 - Donlevy, James G.

    This article explores different dimensions of the "achievement gap" beyond mere technological solutions proposed to ameliorate test score discrepancies. Standards, potential, power and community are discussed as critical elements of the broader context of children in the public schools. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

  • 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...

  • Closing the Disparity Gap

    1/1/03 - Haycock, Ken

    The writer provides research data that indicate that middle- and high-income neighborhoods provide better access to children's reading materials than low-income neighborhoods.

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