January 4, 2012 |
You cannot understand modern education policy without a grasp of the achievement gap. On average, low-income students have lower academic achievement than affluent students. Black or Hispanic students similarly score lower on standardized tests, on average, than white or Asian students. School leaders say they want to reduce those gaps but are uncertain about how to do it. They should read a new book by Arlington County educators who mounted one of the most sustained assaults on the achievement gap ever seen in this area.
July 13, 2008 |
I don't like talking about the achievement gap. The term has several meanings, none very useful to my mind. There is often a strained silence when I bring this up, since it sounds like I am on some crotchety rant against political correctness. But that is not what I mean. Thankfully, a new study is making my point for me, courtesy of Brookings Institution scholar Tom Loveless. The achievement gap is usually defined as the difference in average test scores between students from affluent families and those from low-income families.
February 20, 2013 |
Tricia Pietravalle remembers her days in preschool: Playing in the sandbox, doing some painting, listening to stories. So when she met with her son's preschool teachers, she was taken aback when they showed her "this whole grid of how they're evaluating him, academically, socially, emotionally. " Joseph was learning letters and numbers in full-day classes and making connections she didn't expect from a 3-year-old. "It was overwhelming — in a good way," she said. For generations, children have...
August 9, 2009 |
Anyone concerned with education issues must have noted the recent Post articles "Maryland Gains Continue on Reading, Math Tests" [ Metro , July 22] and "Over 10 Years, Montgomery's Weast Aced Tough Tests" [ front page , July 28]. These articles brought welcome news: Montgomery County is faring well, and average statewide scores on the Maryland School Assessment tests are improving in all categories. However, as reporter Nelson Hernandez pointed out in the July 22 story, this information contradicts a federal study...
October 5, 2012 |
According to a recent column by Michael Gerson [" Lowering expectations of learning ," op-ed, Sept. 28], the Virginia Board of Education has established lower expectations for black students than for white students. Referring to math benchmarks agreed to by the state board and the U.S. Department of Education, Gerson suggested that Virginia has turned away from the effort to "dramatically improve educational performance for every ethnic group" and adopted a system that is "difficult to distinguish from racism.
December 15, 2011 |
President Obama's remarks on inequality, stoking populist anger at "the rich," suggest that the theme for his reelection bid will be not hope and change but focus on reducing class disparity with government help. But this effort isn't limited to economics; it is playing out in our nation's schools as well. The issue is whether federal education efforts will compromise opportunities for our highest-achieving students. One might assume that a president determined to " win the future " would...