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Schmidt, William H.; Burroughs, Nathan A. – American Educator, 2015
It is no secret that disadvantaged children are more likely to struggle in school. For decades now, public policy has focused on how to reduce the achievement gap between poorer students and more-affluent students. Despite numerous reform efforts, these gaps remain virtually unchanged--a fact that is deeply frustrating and also a little confusing.…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Change, Achievement Tests, Mathematics Education
Sahlberg, Pasi – American Educator, 2011
Since Finland emerged in 2000 as the top-scoring Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nation on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), researchers have been pouring into the country to study the so-called "Finnish miracle." How did a country with an undistinguished education system in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership Training, Foreign Countries
Fabricant, Michael B. – American Educator, 2011
This author states that, since the civil rights movement, Americans have documented and decried--but done little to decrease--the achievement gap. This gulf, one of many that divide people by race and class, has festered in part because the larger question of inequitable investment in poor communities of color has long been neglected.…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Democracy, Economically Disadvantaged, Community Involvement
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator, 2011
Now more than ever, high-quality education for all is a public good that is essential for the good of the public. As the fate of individuals and nations is increasingly interdependent, the quest for access to an equitable, empowering education for all people has become a critical issue for the American nation as a whole. No society can thrive in a…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, College Graduates, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries