Closing the Achievement Gap: Lessons From Successful Schools


The U. S. Department of Education (ED) held a series of focus groups with administrators and teachers of four large comprehensive high schools to gain insight on strategies to close the achievement gap. The groups explored teaching and learning strategies in the content areas, culture and school climate issues, leadership for change, and the change process itself.  This report provides details of the focus group study and the common themes that emerged. Brief profiles outlining these themes and the key strategies used by the schools relating to school culture, curriculum and instruction, and leadership are also presented. 

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