Journal Article: Schools, Poverty, and the Achievement Gap


EDUCATIONAL equalization, ACHIEVEMENT gap, STUDENTS -- Economic conditions, ACADEMIC achievement, SCHOOL children, UNITED States. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, ONTARIO, CANADA, UNITED States


Levin, B. E. N.




Phi Delta Kappa International


The article discusses a conference that was held in June 2007 in Norway to discuss equity in educational opportunities and thereby close the achievement gap. In the U.S. is the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which is designed to increase student achievement and in Europe is the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is meant to accomplish the same. It is noted that socioeconomic conditions are the most influential force influencing individual student achievement. Particular attention is paid to the achievement gap in Canadian schools where the gap is smaller than in the U.S. The Canadian government has tried to end poverty among school children but the programs failed.


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