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ERIC Number: ED538305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Closing the Achievement Gaps: An Annual Massachusetts Report on Performance-Based High School Interventions and Turnarounds
Candal, Cara Stillings
Mass Insight Education (NJ1)
Massachusetts has reason to be proud of its record since landmark education reform legislation was passed in 1993. The state scores first in the nation in 4th and 8th grade English and math on NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), the "Nation's Report Card." On international assessments, Massachusetts students lead their peers in western nations; but continue to trail Asian counterparts. This annual report focuses on the public school performance that ultimately matters most. In this first year of the report, the authors spotlight the Achilles heel of Massachusetts education: the persistent achievement gaps among low-income and minority students. When it comes to closing these gaps, Massachusetts lags behind many other states. One statistic tells the story. In 2008, there were only 65 qualifying scores in Massachusetts public high schools by African American students on Advanced Placement science exams. In the 2008-09 academic year, 10 Massachusetts high schools used AP math, science and English as "game changers" for high poverty and minority students. Another 12 high schools have joined them this year, with nearly 30 more expected to launch the program in 2010-11. Details on the Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative (MMSI) are inside the Report. Focusing on high school achievement gaps, this Report is framed around goals set by Mass Insight's 2004 Great Schools Campaign. That agenda is focused on two themes: (1) Excellence: especially in math and science; and (2) No Excuses: Turnaround of 100 failing Massachusetts schools, the bottom 5% in the state. (Contains 21 sources and 6 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Boston Foundation
Authoring Institution: Mass Insight Education
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress