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Closing the achievement gap: Four states’ efforts PDF - This brief highlights the efforts of four states — Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington and Wisconsin — to reduce their achievement gaps through state-level task forces or commissions and other legislative action. These four states historically boast average or strong academic achievement levels, but all are facing achievement gaps, some of them significant. (Micah Ann Wixon, ECS, January 2015) ...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Student Achievement--Closing the Achievement Gap - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Promoting Excellence for All: A Report from the State Superintendent's Task Force on Wisconsin's Achievement Gap - Information and strategies successfully used by Wisconsin educators to raise achievement of students of color, closing the gap between them and their peers is offered in this report. These schools represent all grade levels, and urban, rural and suburban settings. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, September 2014)...

The New Opportunity to Lead: A Vision for Education in Massachusetts in the Next 20 Years - This report sets out detailed ideas and recommendations about: world class standards, curriculum, assessment and student pathways; the future delivery system; developing world class teachers and leaders; unleashing innovation and technology; closing the opportunity gap; and the future funding system. (Michael Barber and Simon Day, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, March 2014)...


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