Racial Achievement Gap
As a result of improved technology, individuals responsible for overseeing improvements in public education have identified a challenge called: The Achievement Gap. Simply put, it is a "Racial Achievement Gap":
This 2001 academic study examines race and the achievement gap in Berkeley.
In an interview with Abigail Thernstrom, author of the book: No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning (Simon & Schuster, October 2003), she covers the factors that contribute the achievement gap.
Here is a high level summary of the book "No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning".
The goal is to decrease the gap while maintaining positive achievement growth for all ethnic groups.
This study suggests that school reform alone can not close the achievement gap.
In 2008, State Superintendent kicked off a four year program focused on closing the achievement gap in California.
In order to align the limited resources of AUSD, a 5 Year Strategic Plan was adopted by the Board of Education in June 2003. The strategic focus of the plan is every student will meet or exceed all AUSD and state standards as measured by district and state assessments.
In addition to the district wide focus, AUSD partnered with Springboard Schools formerly known as Bay Area Reform School Collaborative(BASRC). Using the area of literacy, BASRC and four AUSD schools is using a Cycle of Inquiry methodology to explore how changes to instructional practices can improve student achievement in literacy. See Single School Plans for more specific school information.
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