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ERIC Number: EJ1044191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-2077
Surmounting the Challenges of Improving Academic Performance: Closing the Achievement Gap through Social-Emotional and Character Development
Elias, Maurice J.; White, Gwyne; Stepney, Cesalie
Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, v10 p14-24 2014
While educators and policy makers have an intuitive understanding of the influence of socioeconomic factors and race on student achievement, these factors make the current emphasis on standardized test scores as a primary criterion for evaluating schools and teachers indefensible and ineffective. The research presented illustrates the limits of obtaining test score change and the impact of socioeconomic status and race on standardized achievement measures. Intentional efforts at generating a "success" mindset in students by improving school culture and climate and students' social-emotional and character development are viable steps to be taken alongside reductions of socioeconomic inequities. Indeed, these directions become even more important, given the long timeframe that such reductions are likely to require.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A