ERIC Number: ED493060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 43
Reforms that Could Help Narrow the Achievement Gap. Policy Perspectives
Americans have concluded that the achievement gap is the fault of "failing schools" because it makes no common sense that it could be otherwise. After all, how much money a family has, or a child's skin color, should not influence how well that child learns to read. If teachers know how to teach and if schools permit no distractions, children should be able to learn these subjects whatever their family income or skin color. This document describes a series of reforms in addition to school improvement, that could help narrow the achievement gap.(Contains 44 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Family Income, Racial Differences, Public Policy, Early Childhood Education, Low Income, Summer Programs, Experiential Learning, Teacher Morale, Access to Health Care
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers; Administrators; Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.