Improvement is Possible!

Wondering what more might be done to close the achievement gap? We will be posting here various resources from our national clearinghouse for you to review, think about and comment on. Take a look at these resources and share your own thoughts and experiences.

In this 2008 report, Breaking Barriers: Plotting the Path to Academic Success for School-Age African American Males, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. details the statistically significant factors that can improve educational outcomes for African-American males. Right click and “Save As” for the full report or the executive summary .

Newport Mill Middle School in Maryland has been one of the highest performing middle schools in the nation.  Read their story about how they have made success a central aspect of their daily work.  How do these insights apply for your school?

Another method that people have been discussing for improving achievement is “Response to Intervention” (RTI).  RTI emphasizes effective instruction and data-driven decision making for tracking and monitoring improvements in students’ progress.  You can learn about RTI through the RTI Action Network.  If you are interested in a more detailed analysis of RTI, take a look at this study on RTI in the primary grades.

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