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ERIC Number: ED505334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Beating the Odds VIII: An Analysis of Student Performance and Achievement Gaps on State Assessments. Results from the 2006-2007 School Year
Snipes, Jason; Horwitz, Amanda; Soga, Kyoko; Casserly, Michael
Council of the Great City Schools
The Council of the Great City Schools has prepared this eighth edition of "Beating the Odds" to give the nation another look at how inner-city schools are performing on the academic goals and standards set by the states. This analysis examines student achievement in math and reading through spring 2007. It also measures achievement gaps between cities and states, minorities and whites, and economically advantaged and disadvantaged students. Finally, the report looks at progress. It asks two critical questions: (1) Are urban schools improving academically? and (2) Are urban schools closing achievement gaps? Six major findings about student achievement in urban schools emerged from this study: (1) Mathematics achievement is improving in urban schools; (2) Gaps in math achievement in urban schools appear to be narrowing; (3) Urban school achievement is below state averages in math; (4) Reading achievement is improving in urban schools; (5) Gaps in reading achievement in urban schools appear to be narrowing; and (6) Urban school achievement is below state averages in reading. Research suggests that the number of students in a class affects student achievement. In particular, access to smaller classes has been shown to improve student achievement, while larger classes have a negative effect on student performance. Moreover, the benefits of smaller classes appear to be greater for disadvantaged and minority students. (Contains 8 figures, 4 tables, and 20 footnotes.) [For the 2005-2006 edition of this report, see ED498835. For "Beating the Odds: Assessment Results from the 2006-2007 School Year. Individual District Results," see ED505330.]
Council of the Great City Schools. 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 702, Washington, DC 20004. Tel: 202-393-2427; Fax: 202-393-2400; Web site: http://www.cgcs.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 8; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools