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ERIC Number: ED474880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-5
Pages: 95
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Closing the Achievement Gap in Washington State: Holding Schools Accountable for Equity.
Huggins, Elise M.; Celio, Mary Beth
This report examines data from the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL), focusing on the achievement gap in Washington state public schools. It uses scale scores rather than simply "percentage meeting standard"; analyzes data on both individual and building levels; and displays data in many different ways designed to clarify the nature and direction of achievement gaps and relationship to known demographic characteristics of students and schools. All 4th, 7th, and 10th grade students tested in reading and mathematics between 1998-2001 were included in the study. The topics include the following:(1) "Introduction"; (2) "The Achievement Gap in Washington State" (e.g., differences in distributions and indications of change); (3) "Explaining the Achievement Gap" (home, school, and societal factors); (4) "Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gap" (e.g.; invest in capacity, target low-performing students and schools, expand access to preschool, and fund schools equitably); and (5) "Holding Schools Accountable for Equity: Implications for Policy" (e.g., measure improvement and growth over time, measure gaps in achievement as well as overall achievement, and help educators improve instruction). Four appendixes include overview of WASL scores, indicators of significant change, distribution of students across schools, and building-level achievement gaps. (Contains 75 references.) (SM)
Center on Reinventing Public Education, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Box 353060, Rm. 109K, Parrington Hall, Seattle, WA 98195-3060. Tel: 206-685.2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Washington Assessment of Student Learning