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Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap 1st Ed. Edition
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I do take issue with a couple of the authors' points, which I'll mention briefly. First, Boykin and Noguera make the popular claim that PISA scores show that U.S. students perform poorly relative to the rest of the world, but this is misleading. When U.S. scores are disaggregated by race, we find that White and Asian students are faring very well relative to other countries, suggesting that our public school system is actually among the best in the world, for those specific subgroups. The problem is that our success is not extended to minority students, so the international gap and the Black-White achievement gap are effectively one and the same. This is an important point because critics of public schools use the aggregated average performance of U.S. students to suggest that the entire institution is failing. It is not. It is failing Black and Hispanic students, and we need to be very clear about that when framing the discussion.
And second, the authors provide examples of successful and unsuccessful school districts late in the book and their descriptions seem to suggest that one of the characteristics of a failing district is teachers "blaming" families or other outside factors.Read more ›
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Very informative book on research regarding increasing student engagement and closing the achievement gapPublished 10 months ago by Hillary
A pragmatic look at and humane applications for making education truly worthwhile and accessible.Published 17 months ago by Shannon
Great book, easy to read but with good insight and much to teach you'Published 19 months ago by VAL
I was able to use some of the materials that was in the book for my staff development. It was very useful.Published on August 21, 2013 by Kwame Anthony Scott