ERIC Number: ED435767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Closing the Achievement Gaps in Urban Schools: A Survey of Academic Progress and Promising Practices in the Great City Schools. Preliminary Report.
Lewis, Sharon; Jepson, Jack; Casserly, Michael
This preliminary report marks the first step in the efforts of a task force formed by the Council of the Great City Schools to reduce the gaps in student achievement by race, income, language, and gender. The report is based on data from 48 major urban school districts. A mixed picture has emerged. Some districts are placing their primary focus on raising achievement for all students and hoping that the gaps will close along the way. Others are taking the opposite approach, focusing on groups with lower achievement. It is clear from this initial review that the United States needs to adopt both strategies simultaneously. It is also clear that the ability of urban school districts to report on their student achievement by race, income, gender, and language varies substantially. Many urban school districts have begun initiatives to address these challenges, but too little is known about the efforts that will actually result in smaller achievement gaps. These preliminary data show that progress is being made, but that there is a long way to go to eliminate achievement gaps. (Contains 12 tables and 1 figure.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.