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ERIC Number: ED516890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 141
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7290-6
Narrowing the Achievement Gap and Sustaining Success: A Qualitative Study of the Norms, Practices, and Programs of a Successful High School with Urban Characteristics
Senesac, Donald Raymond
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
The academic achievement gap is the manifestation of differential learning outcomes for students typified by membership in an ethnic minority sub group or economically disadvantaged sub group. Addressing the achievement gap has become vital for the nation as a whole, and even more critical for the state of California because the majority of students in California are composed of low achieving minority student groups. The lower academic achievement status of minority groups limits an individual's ability to accumulate social capital, pursue a post secondary education, and limits their lifetime earnings. The purpose of this study was to investigate the norms, practices and programs implemented at an academically successful high school located in California's central valley with urban characteristics, including a high percentage of minority sub group and low socio-economic students, that has sustained academic success over three years. The factors that were identified as having an impact on student achievement were: a culture with an academic focus, shared leadership, administrative leadership that empowers the staff members, structured collaboration, data driven decision making, standards based assessment and re-teaching, and multiple levels of student interventions to ensure success. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California