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Racial Achievement Gap

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Elisabeth Broome

on 11 September 2013

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Transcript of Racial Achievement Gap

Racial Achievement Gap
Ways to Narrow the Gap
Contributing Factors of the Racial Achievement Gap
Main factors: socioeconomic status, parental education, neighborhood, and quality of school
Less experienced teaching staff
High poverty schools
Teachers evaluating certain races' behavior and academic potential more negatively
Segregation of minority and high-performing (white) students
Educational Stereotypes
A student of this race/ethnicity is more likely to score higher in math and science...
A student of this race/ethnicity will be more likely to dropout of school...
A student from this race/ethnicity is destined to succeed...
A student from this race/ethnicity values working over learning...
A student from this race/ethnicity is commonly associated with living in single parent households...
A student from this race/ethnicity is mostly from a middle class background and lives in the suburbs...
A student from this race/ethnicity values sports over school...
Family Life
Parents reading to children during infancy/toddler stage
Parental expectations about grades, homework, and free time
Parenting style: parents who pose questions rather than issue demands
School Discipline
School System
Equalize funding between middle class and poor schools
Lower class size
Hire qualified and competent teachers
Start services earlier
Standards based instruction
School focus on college preparation
Specifically what teachers can do
Higher teacher expectations
Extra support in class and after school
Teaching for mastery
Teacher professional development
Curriculum choices focused on academics
Achievement gap is in place by the age of three.
White voters were 12% less likely to think it was "very important."
By age 17, the average black student is performing around the 20th percentile of whites.
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