Achievement Gap Report

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The good folks at the not-for-profit Educational Testing Service may have just saved Guilford County Schools a lot of time and money. That is, if GCS wants to listen.

But since they won’t and since I have your ear…as you know, the “achievement gap study” is underway at GCS to examine suspension rates and achievement rates of students of color.  I supported the examination early on, because it is an issue, and a lot of things can be learned if the report is done in a fair manner. But since Board member Deena Hayes is taking the lead on this report, regrettably, I do not hold high hopes. Deena is too agenda-driven, and I just don’t have high hopes for any non-biased data coming out of this.
But the time/money-saver is this…ETS published a lengthy study back in the Fall that examined the exact same thing! Titled The Family: America’s Smallest School, the report looked at family and home experiences that influence children’s learning. Factors include single parent families, poverty and resources, parents talking and reading to children, quality day care, and parental involvement in school. The report was written by Paul E. Barton and Richard J. Coley of ETS’s Policy Information Center. It includes a preface and endorsement by Marc H. Morial, president of the National Urban League.

The ETS site for the report’s free download can be accessed here.

E.C. 🙂


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