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ERIC Number: ED423346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 6
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What Washington Ought To Be Reading.
Mellander, Gustavo A.; Mellander, Nelly
Two recent reports on education that should be read by policy makers are reviewed with a focus in the achievement of Hispanic American students. The first is "Quality Counts: A Report Card on the Condition of Public Education in the Fifty States", published in "Education Week." The second is "What Matters Most: Teaching for America's Future." Research findings in "Quality Counts" indicate that Hispanic students in Texas outperform their counterparts in California by a two-to-one margin on national reading and mathematics examinations. One key fact explains much of this disparity: 90% of Texas elementary school teachers had fewer than 25 students, while only 7% of California teachers were so fortunate. The National Assessment of Educational Progress scores for most of the states are listed in "Quality Counts." Clear evidence is found of dissimilar educational outcomes among Hispanics based on region. "What Matters Most" complements "Quality Counts" by focusing on teachers. Of special interest are the "blue pages" and the "blue print." The blue pages include narratives about actual reforms that are being tested. One examples an elementary school in Austin (Texas) with a predominantly Hispanic American student body. Community involvement and partnerships among parents, community, and the school are leading to dramatically improved attendance and achievement. The blue print that accompanies the text contains inspiring quotations about the importance of teachers. (SLD)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Texas