+ Web Sites for Closing Achievement Gaps

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This week’s “Classroom Tools & Tips” newsletter from EduHound.com offers sites devoted to closing achievement gaps among our studetns.

  • C.A.R.E.  Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gaps — Provides a multi-themed approach to closing the achievement gaps, focusing on Culture, Abilities, Resilience, and Effort (C.A.R.E.)  http://www.nea.org/tools/16858.htm
  • The Value of Value-Added Data: Closing the Achievement Gap — This report shows how value-added data — which tracks growth in student learning — can improve decisions about course placements, individual interventions, and professional development designed to hone teachers’ skills.  http://www.edtrust.org/dc/publication/the-value-of-value-added-data  
  • ECS Education Policy Issue Site: Closing the Achievement Gap — Provides readings, research summaries and statistical information on the causes and effects of the achievement gap.  http://www/ecs.org/html/issue.asp?issueid=194
  • Closing the Achievement Gap: PBS — Join Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page as he tells the story of Amistad Academy, a charter school founded in 1999.  Its goal?  To close the persistent and dramatic achievement gap between minority students and white students in America’s public school system.  http://www.pbs.org/closingtheachievementgap/index.html
  • NAEP: Achievement Gaps — Provides detailed information on the size of the achievement gaps between Black and White students at both the national and state levels and how those achievement gaps have changed over time.  http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/studies/gaps/
  • Closing the Achievement Gap through the Reading First Program: Teacher Update —   Research shows that if students are behind in reading at the end of third grade, the likelihood that they will ever reach proficiency is slim.   That’s why Reading First focuses on effective early reading instruction.  http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tools/initiative/updates/040628.html
  • Closing the Achievement Gap: Achieving Success for All Students — This Web site is part of the (California) statewide initiative to close the achievement gap.  Aimed at supporting the work of policymakers, educators and interested community members, it is the electronic hub for helpful information, research, and success stories about efforts to close the gap in California.  http://www.closingtheachievementgap.org/ca/ctag/print/htdocs/home.htm

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