ERIC Number: ED282947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Closing the Achievement Gap between Educationally Disadvantaged and Other Populations.
Passow, A. Harry
This paper suggests 15 steps school superintendents can take to help close the gap between the educationally disadvantaged and other student populations. Superintendents should do the following: (1) create a vision of what an achieving educational community is; (2) implement goals and strategies which create a positive educational climate; (3) give highest priority to creating the conditions which will attract, retain, reward, and nurture a competent, effective staff; (4) model a research-based approach for the professional staff in designing curriculum and instruction; (5) make instructional program and service coordination a high priority for building principals and staff members; (6) help develop and implement curriculum and instruction which is developmental rather than remedial; (7) help create an early childhood program; (8) ensure availability of appropriate compensatory education; (9) provide leadership in creating an effective policy toward grouping of students; (10) help create an effective policy for identifying and nurturing the educationally disadvantaged gifted and talented; (11) help change secondary schools into healthy, nurturing environments; (12) develop and implement a policy regarding instruction of students with limited or no English; (13) develop a policy regarding equal access to instructional technology; (14) develop a policy for involving parents; and (15) help develop an educative community in which school plays a central, coordinating role. (PS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Compensatory Education, Curriculum Development, Dropout Prevention, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), High Risk Students, Instructional Leadership, Parent Participation, School Districts, Superintendents, Teacher Recruitment
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Texas Education Agency Annual Mid-Winter Superintendents Conference (Austin, TX, January 28, 1987).