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ERIC Number: ED538190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-8
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Closing the Achievement Gap on ACT & SAT
Anderson, David
Education Partnerships, Inc.
Research has focused on four groups of factors and the achievement gap: (1) student characteristics (high school GPA, attendance patterns, courses taken in high school, participation in extra-curricular activities, etc.); (2) family characteristics (family structure, in home, parents' level of education, mobility, etc.); (3) school-based characteristics (instructional strategies, class size, expectations, curriculum, staff-collegiality, etc.); and (4) socio-cultural factors (cultural attitudes, racism, differential social "privileges," etc.). The factors with the consistently largest impact on SAT and ACT scores are student academic characteristics: their grade point average, their coursework, their academic preparation. While you can't discount the impact of the other factors it is clear that school-level factors account for the greatest portion of the achievement gap. To reduce the SAT/ACT achievement gaps it is important to have students take rigorous high school classes and assure their success in those classes. (Contains 8 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; SAT (College Admission Test)