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Access to High Quality Early Care and Education: Readiness and Opportunity Gaps in America

This report describes readiness and opportunity gaps in access to high quality early education.  The report is organized into four main sections. The first describes the “readiness gaps” at kindergarten entry as of 2010. The remaining sections examine the extent to which there are “opportunity gaps” in the early care and education services that may be associated with those readiness gaps.

Executive Order — White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

On July 26, 2012 President Barack Obama released the Executive Order White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The purpose of the Executive Order is “to restore the country to its role as the global leader in education, to strengthen the Nation by improving educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages, and to help ensure that all African Americans receive an education that properly prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives.”

Mind-sets and Equitable Education

This article addresses two mind-sets that people can have about students’ intelligence: that intelligence is static or that it can grow. The author argues, “Only in growth mind-set cultures, where teachers and administrators are encouraged to fulfill their potential, will they be able to help their students fulfill their potential in schools that are free of bias.” 

A Civil Rights Look at the Common Core

Bradley Scott, Ph.D., director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity, discusses some of the critical elements of Common Core State Standards that have not been addressed sufficiently, including lack of attention to: interventions for students already performing below grade level, a full range of support for English language learners, and information on how teachers should teach the standards.  

Achievement Gap Highlights: How Black and White Students in Public Schools Perform on the National Assessment of Educational Progress

Achievement gaps between Black and White students are featured in every major National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report card. The report, Achievement Gaps: How Black and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, examines achievement gaps more closely, and provides a detailed portrait of how achievement gaps and Black and White students’ performance have changed over time at both the national and state levels. This report uses data from two assessments—main NAEP and LongTerm-Trend (LTT).

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