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Document Number: 7009

Reforms That Could Help Narrow the Achievement Gap - Policymakers almost universally conclude that persistent achievement gaps must result from wrongly designed school policies either expectations that are too low, teachers who are insufficiently qualified, curricula that are badly designed, classes that are too large, school climates that are too undisciplined, leadership that is too unfocused or a combination of these. This report argues that an exclusive focus on schooling is wrong, and that without complementary investments in early childhood preparation, health care, housing, after-school and summer programs and other social and economic supports, the achievement gap will never be closed. (Richard Rothstein, WestEd, 2006) ...

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