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ERIC Number: ED495156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Equity Within Reach: Insights from the Front Lines of America's Achievement Gap. Results from a Survey of Teach For America Corps Members
Smith, Abigail
Teach For America
There is growing consensus among educators and policy makers that the gap in academic outcomes that exists along socio-economic and racial lines is the most pressing educational challenge of the day. Given their daily work teaching in public schools in the nation's lowest-income urban and rural communities, Teach For America teachers--or "corps members"--bring a valuable perspective to the public discussion of this achievement gap. This report is the result of a survey of nearly 2,000 of these teachers finishing their first and second years in the classroom, along with almost 200 incoming corps members who were just beginning their training. The survey addressed corps members' beliefs about causes of and solutions to the achievement gap, as well as their own experiences in the classroom. The major findings of this survey are: (1) Educators have the power to close achievement gaps; (2) Expectations of students--from teachers, schools, parents, the general public, and students themselves--are both a powerful tool and a powerful obstacle; (3) Funding, in itself, is not the answer; and (4) The general public has an inaccurate understanding of issues regarding the achievement gap. Data tables are appended. (Contains 4 figures, 7 endnotes, and 8 data tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Teach for America, New York, NY.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A