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.
April 5, 2011 |
As policymakers over the past decade focused on closing the achievement gap between white students and underrepresented minorities, another rift was widening: the gap between Asian American students and everyone else. A new study from the Center on Education Policy underscores how significantly Asian American students outpace their peers, particularly in Maryland and Virginia. The data focus on student achievement on eighth-grade state standardized tests, including a rare analysis...
June 27, 2013 |
The nation's 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds are posting better scores in math and reading tests than their counterparts did 40 years ago, and the achievement gap between white students and those of color still persists but is narrowing, according to new federal government data released Thursday. The scores, collected regularly since the 1970s from federal tests administered to public and private school students age 9, 13, and 17, paint a picture of steady student achievement that contradicts the...
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...
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...