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Changing Policies to Close the Achievement Gap : A Guide for School System Leaders - Cynthia D. Prince

Changing Policies to Close the Achievement Gap

A Guide for School System Leaders

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Published: 28th May 2004
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Closing the academic achievement gap is one of the most complex challenges that school system leaders face. Closing the gap became even more urgent with the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act. For the first time, the federal government has set a deadline for closing the gap, requiring schools to bring all students to proficient levels of academic performance in twelve years. How much of the achievement gap can be attributed to what school districts themselves may be doing? What factors and conditions impede progress toward closing the achievement gap? And what can superintendents do to narrow as much of the gap as they can? These questions led to the development of this guide. In Changing Policies to Close the Achievement Gap Cynthia Prince identifies state and local policies that tend to make the achievement gap worse and describes policy changes that superintendents have made with the support of their boards to help narrow the gap. She also examines policies that aggravate the inequitable distribution of quality teachers and principals, that restrict student access to challenging coursework, and that reduce academic instruction time. Prince argues that closing the gap will require serious efforts to change these policies and other conditions that impede the ability of school districts to bring all students to high levels of performance.

Prince...identifies state and local policies that widen achievement disparity and describes policy changes that superintendents have made with the support of their boards to help narrow the gap.--Reference and Research Book News

List of exhibits
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Closing the gapp. 1
Policies that aggravate the inequitable distribution of quality teachers and principalsp. 13
Policies that restrict student access to challenging courseworkp. 35
Policies that reduce academic instruction timep. 57
Conclusions and recommendationsp. 83
Bibliographyp. 87
About the authorp. 99
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ISBN: 9781578861200
ISBN-10: 1578861209
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 28th May 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.24  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.18