Resource Library: Achievement Gap

The State of Education for African American Students: The Education Trust, 2014

This report examines the progress that has been made over the past decade in narrowing the achievement gap for African American students. While the gap has narrowed, there is still much work to be done to ensure that African American students achieve at the same level and are are accepted to college at the same rate as their White counterparts. This conclusion is reached by examining data from the NAEP, as well as graduation rates, matriculation rates, and specific data points related to college preparedness.

 

 

The State of Education for Latino Students: The Education Trust, 2014

This report examines the progress that has been made over the past decade in narrowing the achievement gap for Latino students. While the gap has narrowed, there is still much work to be done to ensure that Latino students achieve at the same level and are are accepted to college at the same rate as their White counterparts. This conclusion is reached by examining data from the NAEP, as well as graduation rates, matriculation rates, and specific data points related to college preparedness.

 

 

How Well Are American Students Learning?: Brown Center on Education Policy, 2012

Assessment, and the tools used to measure assessment have become of national importance given the increased focus on accountability. Washington and Loveless compare the two types of NAEP tests administered finding that the Long-Term Trend version identifies larger disparities than the main NAEP. The authors also discuss assessment tools used to make international comparisons and their pitfalls.

 

 

The African American and Latino Male Dropout Taskforce: School Reform Commission, 2010

This Philadelphia centered report, defines the scope of the drop-out crisis of Black and Latino males in the Philadelphia School District. The Commission includes recommendations on how this crisis can be addressed through the use of data, the process of engaging stakeholders, increasing pathways to graduations, initiating in-school reform and replicating best practices. 

 

 

The Black-White Achievement Gap: When Progress Stopped: ETS, 2010

The report provides a historical progression of the black-white achievement gap starting in 1910.  From 1910-1965 there was a steady closing of the gap before a five-year period of stagnation.  Then for the next two decades there was a dramatic narrowing of the gap.  From 1990 to the present, a period of stagnation resumed, followed by modest narrowing.  

 

 

Yes We Can: 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males: Schott, 2010

This article describes and explains the difference in achievement seen between White and Black Males in K-12 schooling and briefly outlines conditions for success and failure in schools serving large populations of Black and Latino Males. Quantifications are made using the Schott Inequity Index to illustrate the absolute school/District effectiveness – or lack of it – in the education of Black male, non-Latinos and the difference between the success of schools with that population and their white peers. 

 

Pennsylvania-Opportunity to Learn for Black Students: Schott, 2009

In Pennsylvania, the graduation rate for Black males decreased between the 2005/2006 and 2007/2008 academic year, but still remains 16% lower than the national benchmark for states. While the state has made progress, the district of Philadelphia is still struggling, coming in 47% below the benchmark for districts. Along with educational inequities, Black males are also more likely to receive tough disciplinary sanctions such as suspension, and are less likely to be placed in gifted programs across the state.

 

The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America's Schools: McKinsey, 2009

The economic impact of the achievement gap is the underutilization of human capital, which negatively affects GDP and creates economic dead zones.  The individual impact can be seen through the relationship between the gap and many negative outcomes including criminality, poor health and lack of civic engagement.