Achievement Gap

Achievement gap is a belief gap

Discussing racism and how it is embedded in the practices, policies, and procedures of schools makes for uncomfortable conversations. But having those conversations is essential if a school district is committed to closing academic achievement gaps, education equity leader Glenn Singleton told two full sessions of attendees Monday, the closing day of NSBA’s annual conference in Boston.

At the heart of the achievement gap is “a belief gap” over “who deserves a highly resourced education,” said Singleton, president of the consultant firm Pacific Educational Group.

Color blindness hampers work to close achievement gaps

School leaders wanting to reduce gaps in student achievement and success can’t proclaim “I don’t see a child’s color” and advance such efforts. In fact, such positions may hamper change.

That advice was shared by several speakers at NSBA’s Annual Conference preconference workshop on Friday, “Achieving Equity: Leadership Strategies and Promising Practices for Closing the Opportunity and Achievement Gaps.” The clinic centered on equity programs of the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) and two districts in that state.

The keys to transforming high-poverty schools

Frequently, a key to a high-poverty/high-performing school depends as much on what the educators stop doing as on what they start doing to effect change.

That’s a lesson Boise State University researcher Bill Parrett has learned in 25-plus years examining poverty and learning. Parrett, a regular NSBA speaker for two decades, offered insights into his studies of dozens of U.S. high-poverty/high-performing schools during a Friday preconference workshop at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston.

NSBA’s Center for Public Education Launches Leading the Change


Alexandria, Va. (March 18, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), the leading advocate for public education, today introduced its new research-based initiative, Leading the Change, developed by its Center for Public Education. Leading the Change provides data-driven decision-making tools to school boards to help transform chronically low-performing schools into high-quality institutions.

Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners: Challenges & Opportunities for Academic Success

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) present both challenges and opportunities for English language learners (ELLs) to raise their academic performance and narrow the achievement gap. As school districts begin to adjust their programs to meet the expectations of the CCSS, they are faced with the responsibility of ensuring that English language learners (ELLs) gain access to the curriculum and develop the academic language skills required by the CCSS. This clinic will outline the benefi ts and challenges of the CCSS with respect to ELLs.

“Race” Matters in Education

Superintendent Valeria S. Silva, leader of the Saint Paul Public School (SPPS) District, addresses the role of and need for racial equity in the educational setting. Recognizing that Minnesota has one of the largest achievement gaps (or as Ms. Silva prefers to call it, opportunity gaps) in the country, SPPS began three years ago to analyze and address the systems, values and expectations that perpetuate this gap in its schools. This past year, the district adopted one of only two active racial equity policies in the state. Ms.

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Getting Schooled

Director M. Night Shyamalan recommends five basic tenets to close the achievement gap: start with good teachers; allow principals to be educators; be serious about data-driven instruction; implement small schools; and allot more time for learning.

School Boards Circa 2010: Governance in the Accountability Era

Public education has shifted toward a system of accountability that holds students and the adults who teach them responsible for their academic progress. But even in this new landscape, we know that school boards remain highly relevant. The top priorities for educators, as board members and superintendents told us in this survey, are helping students fulfill their potential and preparing them for satisfying and productive lives.

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