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Monday, October 27, 2008

Closing the achievement gap

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 1:38 PM

A legislative panel heard ideas today for closing the "achievement gap" between different racial and socioeconomic groups. The full report of the prepared testimony is here. But here are some highlighted suggestions from Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College:

1. Promote and expand participation in early childhood education;
2. Implement longitudinal tracking and aggressively improve teacher quality;
3. Approve only new charter schools focused on reducing the racial and
socioeconomic achievement gap, and study how lessons from successful charters
can be applied to whole school system;
4. Implement the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on After-Schooland Summer Programs;
5. Expand school-based health clinics for under-served students;
6. Reduce class size in schools with high proportions of low-income, African
American or Latino students;
7. And promote broader community and parental engagement in schools.

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