Monrita Hughes Education 6050 Critique 1

Barton, P. (2004). Gap Persist. Educational Leadership, 62(3), 8-13.

Problem/Purpose The purpose of this article is to identify why the school achievement gap persists after fifty years have passed since the desegregation of schools. The author researched why the school achievement gap persists and determined the need to identify the life experiences and conditions that research showed were associated with school achievement. The author identified fourteen factors that correlated with the achievement. Next, the author analyzed the correlation of children’s life experience with each factor as it related to race and ethnicity. Methodology The author conducts his research in two steps. First, the author identifies fourteen significant life experiences that correlate with student achievement: birth weight, lead poisoning, hunger and nutrition, reading to young children, television watching, parent availability, student mobility, and parental involvement. Next, the author cites statistics that connect student experiences with each factor differs based on race/ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Key Findings The author concludes by determining that both school and non-school related factors are responsible for causing the achievement gap. Further, it was found the improvement of all these aspects together is necessary to improve academic achievement. It was also found that closing the gap requires effort from all stakeholders, including government agencies, communities, neighborhoods, and families to remove obstacles to cognitive development and provide learning support at home.

Further. It was also found that closing the gap requires effort from all stakeholders. neighborhoods. it was found the improvement of all these aspects together is necessary to improve academic achievement. and families to remove obstacles to cognitive development and provide learning support at home. Improving student achievement to a lesser disparity is more complex than one intervention. including government agencies. Reflection The author concludes by determining that both school and non-school related factors are responsible for causing the achievement gap. There is a magnitude of conditions in the school environment and in the home environment that are interrelated that effect the ability to close the achievement gap. .Monrita Hughes Education 6050 Critique 1 Conclusions This article informs the reader of nearly 50 years of reform efforts to close the achievement gap amongst different race and ethnic groups. communities.

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