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ERIC Number: ED500542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Beating the Odds: The Real Challenges behind the Math Achievement Gap--And What High-Achieving Schools Can Teach Us about How to Close It
Goldberger, Susan
Jobs for the Future
One of the most persistent inequities in U.S. education is the gap in math achievement along income and race lines. Yet some secondary schools beat the odds, producing consistently strong math performance with students who likely would fail in traditional settings. This report advocates that the math achievement gap is not the result of poor and uneven math instruction in urban schools, but is the result of two deeper and generally overlooked factors: (1) Broader failure in the schooling experience of low-income and minority students that leaves many discouraged and disengaged, lacking the confidence to tackle challenging work and the resilience to persist in solving difficult problems; and (2) Failure of math classrooms to address the psychological and learning needs of students who have not experienced success in math previously, without watering down critical content. (Contains 17 endnotes. This report was written with Katie Bayerl.) [This report was prepared for the Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education.]
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A