Apr 18, 2012

ARTICLE: Narrowing the Achievement Gap

Ohio Takes Aim at Reducing Achievement Gap

"Under the proposed changes by the Ohio Department of Education schools will be rated by whether they meet a pass rate and graduation rate target and whether the gap between disadvantaged students and others has reduced."

The article mentions an argument from the critics. While waiting for the disadvantaged to catch up, the advantaged cannot improve--that could potentially widen the gap.

Some schools have small achievement gaps, or none at all. Won't those schools naturally rate higher? Is Ohio assuming that schools create or eliminate achievement gaps? (Deep down, I know that's a silly, naive question.)

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