ERIC Number: ED490942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Primary Progress, Secondary Challenge: A State-by-State Look at Student Achievement Patterns
Hall, Daria; Kennedy, Shana
The findings of this analysis represent cause for both optimism and concern. In most states, schools and systems are raising achievement and closing gaps, especially in the elementary grades. But in far too many states, they are struggling to educate students, especially low-income and minority students, to middle and high school standards. Whether educators and education leaders can marshal the energy, experience, and will necessary to address this problem head-on will have lasting consequences for the economy and society. The greatest cause for optimism is the fact that there are schools out there that are leading the way. Through hard work and laser-like focus on curriculum and instruction, these schools are meeting the challenge of improving secondary education. It's time for all schools to follow their lead.
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Low Income Groups, State Departments of Education, Achievement Gains, Scores, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Educational Quality, Literacy Education, Educational Improvement, African American Students, White Students, Hispanic American Students, American Indians
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.