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Title

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A study: Can African Centered Education contribute towards closing the racial Achievement Gap?

Essential Goal:

The purpose of this study is to examine through a qualitative investigation of targeted factors
within African centered schools and compare math scores to schools within each state.
Investigate the results through research and conclude if these factors contribute positively or
negatively toward the narrowing of the racial Achievement gap.

Rationale:

Tests results from nationally represented data set reveal that the mental function for children
aged eight to twelve months, there were only minor racial differences in test outcomes (0.06
standard deviation units) among the races that disappear with the inclusion of a limited set of
controls (Fryer & Levitt, 2007.) Upon entering school as the children grow in age, an
achievement gap develops and begins to expand. What is the rationale for this problem? Could
the way children are being educated in this multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society be the
problem? This study tackles this very important question.

Type of Study: Narrative

Graduate Degree Program: Math Education

Basic Questions are these:

The name of the principal and how long have been the principal at that particular school?

Are teachers trained or studied African History and culture?

How long?
Are there published sets of data on standardized test scores that exists both before and after this
ACS was instituted?

Is this data within the confines of the public domain?

Can you or anyone at the school help me to locate this data?

Essential Questions for Principals of ACS:

Despite the fact that there are no observable differences among the races in test scores
when entering kindergarten, their perceived cognitive abilities as related to test scores
diverge after they enter school. Why do you think and how are you addressing this
question in your school?

How have you defined African Centered Education? What is your official definition and
what is the definition provided in defining your particular African Centered School?

In your estimation does the infusion of an African Centered Curriculum evoke positive
self-esteem in young African American children enough such that it translates into better
educational focus hence better test scores?

Do you think that the implementation and development of the curriculum in your school
provide the basis for an understanding of the factors that enhance or impede the success
of innovative reforms outside the educational mainstream?

Based upon your experience, what factors have affected the implementation of African-
centered programs at your school?

What are the perceptions of administrators and faculty, towards the role of teachers in
implementing this model?

What roles if any do BOE bureaucrats play in enhancing or destabilizing your policies
towards determining the success or failure of your school?

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Approach:

This author is doing a comprehensive search throughout the country of the United States via the
internet and library data banks to locate African Centered schools. Usually these type of schools
are not titled as such hence difficulties arise in locating them. Once found and targeted data is
available for the schools, they would be compared to other schools across the particular state of
the school and analyzed.

Targeted Schools

Keith Sandiford
215 E 164 St Apt 2H

Bronx, NY 10456

Wednesday, April 8, 2008

Iyakka@verizon.net

917 930 4062

Dr. Elaine Mosley

Principal International Charter Schools

Chicago, Ill

Att:

My name is Keith Sandiford, I am currently completing a thesis on the impact of African
Centered Schools (ACS) on closing the achievement gap.

I attend a masters program in Education at the City University of New York in Lehman College,
New York City.
I am seeking information or data that I can use to prove or disprove my thesis.

I really would like to speak to someone with access or knowledge of this kind of information at
the ACS in question. I spoke with Miss Wright when I called The Betty Shabazz International
Charter School and was referred to you.

The questions I have are basically these:

The name of the principal and how long have been the principal at that particular school?

Are teachers trained or studied African History and culture? How long?

Are there published sets of data on standardized test scores that exists both before and after this
ACS was instituted?

Is this data within the confines of the public domain?

Can you or anyone at the school help me to locate this data?

Remember that all information I seek would be held in strict confidentiality and will not be
shared by anyone except myself and My professor at Lehman College.

Please feel free to contact me through any information that I have provided as soon as you
possibly can.

Thank You Kindly
Keith Sandiford