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Four Things Low-Income Parents Can Do to Narrow the Achievement Gap

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WNYC
Educators at a Washington Heights school told parents what they can do to help their kids get a leg up in the race to narrow the gap between them and their more affluent counterparts. 
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Heavy Hitters Debate School Achievement Gap

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

As the education world waits for a new mayor to take over the largest public school system in the country, SchoolBook invites you to join five leading theorists in a debate about what would make New York City schools better -- for all of its students. Share your views! 

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NYC Ignores Cracks in School Choice System

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A lawyer makes the case for the federal civil rights complaint filed last week regarding the city's high school admissions process. Despite the Bloomberg administration's proud use of data in policy making, she says, the department of education has ignored its own data, leaving many black and Latino students clustered in low-performing schools.

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Two Reports Reveal Persistent Racial Gaps

Friday, September 21, 2012

The latest national studies on the achievement gap show race and poverty adversely affecting many New York City communities despite slow gains in some areas. Catch up on what you may have missed this week in local education news.

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Using Summer to Narrow Achievement Gap

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

There's a growing body of research that shows that what students do over the summer affects their academic careers -- and whether or not they will be likely to graduate and go on to college. And since lower-income students are more likely to lose academic skills than their peers from higher-income families, New York City has begun a pilot program to help keep these students on track during the summer months.

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To Help Close the Achievement Gap, Address Stop-and-Frisk

Thursday, July 26, 2012

In an opinion article, an official of the New York Civil Liberties Union writes: "Anyone interested in increasing student achievement, and particularly in closing the achievement gap, should pay close attention to the impact of stop-and-frisk practices on the lives of black and Latino students, including on their view of authority and ability to succeed academically."

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School Choice, New York-Style? For Some More Than Others

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A parent and professor of education writes: "Whatever the argument for school choice elsewhere, in New York City public schools it plays out very differently. Instead of providing better education for all children, choice in New York City ensures a two-tiered system powered by demographics and ZIP codes more than anything else."

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New Study Identifies 'Opportunity Gap' for Students

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A new report finds students in certain well-off neighborhoods have more access to high-performing middle schools than students from low-income communities in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The Schott Foundation report also concludes that students from low-income, mostly black and Hispanic districts, have fewer experienced teachers and are less likely to attend gifted and talented programs and specialized high schools.

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A New Worry for Educators: The Income Divide

Friday, February 10, 2012

The focus of educators in recent years has been on closing racial and ethnic gaps -- and the efforts appear to have had some success. But now comes news that the achievement gap between rich and poor is widening, The New York Times reports on Friday.

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Poor Students Improving in Math and Reading, Report Card Shows

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Buried in the reading and math results released in the report of the National Assessment of Educational Progress was a glimmer of good news for New York City: Poor students did less poorly in math and reading than they did in 2003, and the achievement gap for blacks also appeared to shrink slightly in the city.

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Wide Response to Educational Plight of Mexican Immigrants

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An article in The New York Times about low rates of educational achievement among Mexican immigrants in New York City drew a large and varied response, ranging from despair to xenophobia to calls for action. It even inspired a video.

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