Achieving High Educational Standards for All by National Research Council

By National Research Council

This quantity summarizes a number medical views at the vital aim of accomplishing excessive academic criteria for all scholars. according to a convention held on the request of the U.S. division of schooling, it addresses 3 questions: What development has been made in advancing the schooling of minority and deprived scholars because the ancient Brown v. Board of schooling selection approximately 50 years in the past? What does examine say in regards to the purposes of successes and screw ups? What are the various suggestions and practices that carry the promise of manufacturing endured advancements? the quantity attracts at the conclusions of a couple of very important fresh NRC stories, together with How humans research, combating interpreting problems in childrens, wanting to research, and From Neurons to Neighborhoods, between others. It comprises an outline of the convention shows and discussions, the views of the 2 co-moderators, and a suite of history papers on extra targeted concerns.

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Identifying the causes of racial/ethnic achievement gaps is no less daunting. Poverty, Income, and Education Outcomes The juxtaposition of trends in degree attainment (Figures 2-4 and 2-5) with the dramatic reduction in poverty that occurred prior to the mid1970s (Figure 2-6) shows that the profound economic and social changes of the mid-20th century correlate with increased degree attainment for all segments of the population. Census data show that more than 90 percent of black Americans and two-thirds of white Americans had incomes below the federal poverty level in 1940.

Department of Education, 2000c). S. 8th graders continue to perform only at the international average in science and just below the international average in mathematics. S. Department of Education, 2000c:vii). Collectively, these data strongly support the proposition that all students in American schools are not achieving to high educational standards—the thematic focus of the conference. In fact, at least in the sciences and mathematics, TIMSS data indicate that not even the country’s top performers are achieving to high educational standards, let alone those segments of the population that historically have been poorly served by the nation’s schools.

24 CONFERENCE SUMMARY cussed by Scott Miller at the conference, as was the scarcity of black and Hispanic students with high-level academic performance. This was a major focus of a recent report of the College Board Task Force on Minority High Achievement (The College Board, 1999; Miller, 1995). Citing the work of sociologists Pierre Bourdieu, James Coleman, and Theodore W. Schultz (Bourdieu, 1990; Swartz, 1997; Coleman, 1987; Schultz, 1960), conference speakers Edmund Gordon and Scott Miller (Miller, 1995: 142-200) have both argued that racial/ethnic differences in academic achievement may be better understood in relation to the availability of education-related resources than in terms of simplistic measures of socioeconomic status.

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