Post Tagged with: "Achievement Gap"

School Spending Increases Linked to Better Outcomes for Poor Students

In districts that substantially increased their spending as the result of court-ordered changes in school finance, low-income children were significantly more likely to graduate from high school, earn livable wages, and avoid poverty in adulthood.

So concludes a working paper published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, or NBER, a private, nonpartisan research organization with headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

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New Research Shows Quality, Universal Preschool Could Close Achievement Gap

A few years of quality pre-kindergarten can help close the income-based achievement gap, according to a new study by two university researchers, Greg J. Duncan and Aaron J. Soujourner. Using data from a now-defunct program that offered free preschool to students from different backgrounds, the researchers found that after providing low-income children with quality preschool early in life, the low-income […]

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Poor Health, Poor Academic Performance Linked

Student health has a major impact on learning outcomes, according to a recent survey conducted by the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, AFSA Local 1, in New York City, and the Children’s Health Fund (CHF). Children in poor health or with health disadvantages tend to perform more poorly than others. To find out which health issues affect learning the […]

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Breaking Down Common Core: What Do the Standards Mean for Our Education System?

Breaking Down Common Core: What Do the Standards Mean for Our Education System?

This year as students, teachers and administrators head back to school, many will face the first official year of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). With the standards already adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.), CCSS has become a topic of dispute for educators, parents and politicians, with some state legislatures across the country already proposing opt-out bills.

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Statement by President Diann Woodard on AFT President Randi Weingarten’s Opening Speech for the TEACH Conference 2013

As we step forward into the 2013-2014 school year, President Weingarten is correct in calling for a united front among parents, educators and community members in reclaiming the promise of public education. The voices of educators and parents have been ignored for too long.

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