Minnesota

Today's children can't wait 80 years for progress

Posted on: Wednesday November 9th, 2011

By Michael Holzman, Senior Research Consultant, The Schott Foundation for Public Education

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows little change from the achievement gaps recorded in 2009. At this rate it will take 30 years in Grade 4 Reading and 50 years in Grade 4 Mathematics for the gap to close at that level and 80 years in Grade 8 Reading and more than 30 years in Grade 8 Mathematics.

Think and "act" locally: Pressing school boards to erase opportunity gaps

Posted on: Thursday November 3rd, 2011

By Edwin C. Darden, Director of Education Law and Policy, Appleseed

Appleseed has developed an assessment tool that helps expose inequities. Called the Resource Equity Assessment Document (READ), the tool will be distributed to community partners and school boards to spur action. When armed with data that makes the case for change, community organizations can help school boards reset the balance between impoverished and better-off students.

Why do schools in high-poverty neighborhoods have fewer textbooks, foreign language offerings, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses, and smaller libraries than schools in middle-class neighborhoods? Why do wealthier kids have teachers and principals with more credentials, experience and talent? And more importantly, how do we make change happen so all students can proceed from the same starting line?

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