Reducing the Achievement Gap: There is Only One Real Solution
Hamline University - School of Law; Hamline University
September 30, 2011
Widener Journal of Law, Economics, and Race, Vol. 3, p. 2, 2012
This article will examine what states are doing to reduce the achievement gap. Although some states have has some success, the gap remains for the vast majority of students because the traditional educational model remains unchanged. The article will start by looking at recent federal legislation that created an awareness of the achievement gap and some recent success by states in reducing this gap. The article will next examine state standards for compulsory education. Finally, this article will demonstrate the importance of early childhood programs as well as the need to extend the school year by increasing the number of instructional days, including mandatory summer school. The gap exists when students first start school and increases during the summer months. The solution to reduce the gap can be found during these time periods.
Keywords: Achievement gap, education, minority students, education model, early childhood, summer school
JEL Classification: I21, I22, K00
Date posted: October 1, 2011 ; Last revised: January 25, 2013
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