ERIC Number: ED473122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Closing the Achievement Gap in Suburban and Urban School Communities. Policy Issue.
Ferguson, Ronald F.; Clark, Reginald; Stewart, Judy
This edition focuses on the topic of closing the achievement gap from the perspectives of urban and suburban school districts. After an introduction by Judy Stewart, the first article, "Addressing Racial Disparities in High-Achieving Suburban Schools" (Ronald F. Ferguson), shares findings from a recent survey of more than 34,000 students in grades 7-11 in 15 school districts across the nation. The survey asked students about their home resources, why they work hard in school, and what courses they take, among other questions. The districts make up the Minority Student Achievement Network, a group of middle- and upper-income districts committed to addressing the achievement gap in their respective school communities. Despite higher overall achievement patterns in these districts, the study finds persistent racial and ethnic performance gaps. The second article, "Building Student Achievement: In-School and Out-of-School Factors" (Reginald Clark), shares findings from a body of research on closing achievement gaps in urban school communities. Schools in four districts completed surveys and observational studies. Results found five influential factors for improved student achievement, which include teachers' actions in the classroom, students' weekly participation in high-yield in-school and out-of-school activities, and parent-teacher communications. The two studies used different indicators to measure socioeconomic status (SES). One found that SES was an important predictor of achievement, and one found that it was not. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Extracurricular Activities, Minority Group Children, Racial Differences, Racial Discrimination, School Surveys, Socioeconomic Status, Student Surveys, Suburban Schools, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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