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ERIC Number: EJ960692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-1
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Getting the Pipeline Flowing
Gray, Katti
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v28 n15 p9-10 Sep 2011
The diagonal line in Arkansas separating academic and economic strivers from those less likely to make the grade--and then land a decent job--runs roughly from Texarkana in the southwest to Blytheville in northeast. "The wealthiest people live above that line," said Dr. James Jennings, a history professor and education department chairman at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. He had drawn that line in 2006, based on his first-hand and empirical knowledge of parents, students, teachers, schools and the long-haul impact of unabated poverty in the 41 Arkansas counties that are part of the Mississippi Delta, an area below that diagonal line. With that understanding--and research on narrowing the achievement gap that he began conducting as a Vanderbilt University doctoral student--Jennings in 2007 piloted a project that has been measuring double-digit increases in student academic performance. Above the Line, Jennings' instructional model, started as a three-week summer session for 25 of the lowest-performing third-graders in Forrest City, Arkansas. Above the Line's groundbreaking cornerstone is its testing of elementary students' competency in literacy and math and middle-school students' proficiency in literacy, math and science at the start of the school year.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Mississippi