Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Perspectives and Strategies for Challenging Times

Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Perspectives and Strategies for Challenging Times

by Thomas B Timar
     
 

This timely and thoughtful book provides multiple perspectives on closing achievement gaps.

Closing persistent gaps in educational outcomes between different groups of students has been a central goal of educational policy for the past forty years. The commitment to close existing achievement gaps poses an unprecedented challenge to policy makers, school leaders

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This timely and thoughtful book provides multiple perspectives on closing achievement gaps.

Closing persistent gaps in educational outcomes between different groups of students has been a central goal of educational policy for the past forty years. The commitment to close existing achievement gaps poses an unprecedented challenge to policy makers, school leaders, and teachers alike, since the causes of those gaps are multiple and complex. For that reason, no single set of policy prescriptions—no matter how well crafted and managed—is likely to be successful. While there is no ready road map for policy makers, the press for solutions is acute.

The chapters examine the conditions—both in and out of school—that lead to achievement gaps. However, this book also explores measures for addressing these gaps—measures that, individually and in concert, will prove crucial to any meaningful effort to alleviate these profound disparities.

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From the Publisher

“Educators and community leaders will find much in this book with which to agree, disagree, and ponder. It is worth reading.” — Robert G. Smith, Education Week

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612501246
Publisher:
Harvard Education Press
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas B. Timar is a professor and the executive director of the Center for Applied Policy in Education at the University of California, Davis, School of Education. Julie Maxell-Jolly is a senior researcher and the managing director of the Center for Applied Policy in Education at the University of California, Davis, School of Education.

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