The Achievement Gap Between High And Lowest Performing Schools

1917 Words Mar 19th, 2016 8 Pages
The achievement gap refers to observed and consistent distinction of educational measures between the performance of groups in schools, involving groups of students defined by social class, gender, and race. The achievement gap in Ohio is becoming a major concern. Stephen Dyer said, “In reading, we had the nation’s ninth highest gap between our highest and lowest performing schools. In math, we had the nation’s second-highest gap, and in graduation rates we had the nation’s fourth largest gap” (Dyer, S. (2015). As one can see, the achievement gap in Ohio is a huge problem that needs to be fixed. To fix this problem, an early childhood services policy should be put in place to reduce the achievement gap. Early Childhood Services would be targeting the population of children from birth to the third grade, teachers, and parents and guardians of the children from low income families. The major reason this policy would help, is because children are not coming to school prepared. Children are starting school not being as advanced as their peers. An example of this would be that children are coming to school with a smaller vocabulary. Evidence to show this comes from a quote that says, “By Preschool children in a professional family would have accumulated experience with 45 million words, compared to only 13 million for a typical child in a welfare family,” (Rothstein, 2004, p.28). As one can see 45 million compared to 13 million is a vast difference. Another problem within…

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