Achievement Gap http://wesa.fm en Schools and Libraries Confront Summer Learning Loss http://wesa.fm/post/schools-and-libraries-confront-summer-learning-loss <p>As the school year ends, summer learning loss, or "summer slide," might begin.&nbsp; According to the National Summer Learning Association, the loss amounts to about two months in math for all students and two months in reading for low-income students, while unequal access to summer learning opportunities might &nbsp;account for half the achievement gap between low- and high-income students.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Charlee Song 30271 at http://wesa.fm The Failure to Educate Many African American Males http://wesa.fm/post/failure-educate-many-african-american-males <p>The graduation rate for African American males in Pennsylvania is 57 percent compared to 85 percent for white males--a 28 percentage point gap, according to the latest data from the Schott Foundation for Public Education.&nbsp; Reasons for the discrepancy are complex.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:48:08 +0000 Charlee Song 23003 at http://wesa.fm Rebroadcast: Addressing the Achievement Gap in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/rebroadcast-addressing-achievement-gap-pittsburgh <p><strong>This program is a previously broadcast show, <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/parents-teachers-administrators-address-achievement-gap-pittsburgh">listen to it here</a>.</strong></p><p>“Where’s the moral outrage over the lack of equity in education,” asked Duquesne University Dean of Education Olga Welch who attended a recent community forum on the achievement gap held by 90.5 WESA.</p><p>“Where is it,” replied forum panel member Jeremy Resnick, a founder of Propel Charter Schools, “it’s missing.”</p><p>Dozens of parents, teachers and administrators crowded the Community Broadcast Center recently for a public forum as part of WESA’s <a href="http://wesa.fm/term/life-learning">Life of Learning</a> initiative. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21915 at http://wesa.fm Rebroadcast: Addressing the Achievement Gap in Pittsburgh Looking at the Achievement Gap, Students Still Left Behind http://wesa.fm/post/looking-achievement-gap-students-still-left-behind <p>When the No Child Left Behind program was implemented in 2002, it had an overall goal of closing the achievement gap between disadvantaged student groups and well-off students and making schools and teachers accountable for the performance of their students on new math and reading standardized tests.</p><p>More than a decade later, the program has not had the desired results, says Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Students and schools in lower income areas continue to not do as well on standardized tests as students in more affluent areas. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:24:50 +0000 Katie Martin 19743 at http://wesa.fm Looking at the Achievement Gap, Students Still Left Behind In Shrinking the Achievement Gap, Maryland District Might Provide a Model http://wesa.fm/post/shrinking-achievement-gap-maryland-district-might-provide-model <p></p><p></p><p>According to the Nation’s Report Card released last week by the Department of Education, the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pa-students-show-slight-progress-new-report-card">achievement gap narrowed slightly in Pennsylvania</a> over the last two years.</p><p>As Pittsburgh-area schools consider ways to shrink the gap further, they might look to Montgomery County, Maryland.</p><p>That Washington, D.C.-area school district has dramatically reduced the gap while posting the highest graduation rate for black males in the nation.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:27:12 +0000 Charlee Song 19618 at http://wesa.fm In Shrinking the Achievement Gap, Maryland District Might Provide a Model PA Students Show Slight Progress in New Report Card http://wesa.fm/post/pa-students-show-slight-progress-new-report-card <p>More of Pennsylvania’s fourth and eighth graders are proficient in math and reading than the national average, but the achievement gap between white and minority students in the commonwealth is only shrinking slightly.</p><p>"I'm glad to see achievement in Pennsylvania is generally higher than the national average, but it's not where we want it to be and we're still concerned about the racial achievement gaps not closing," said Carey Harris, executive director of A+ Schools in Pittsburgh.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:04:09 +0000 Kevin Gavin 19439 at http://wesa.fm Parents, Teachers, Administrators Address Achievement Gap in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/parents-teachers-administrators-address-achievement-gap-pittsburgh <p>“Where’s the moral outrage over the lack of equity in education,” asked Duquesne University Dean of Education Olga Welch who attended a recent community forum on the achievement gap held by 90.5 WESA.</p><p>“Where is it,” replied forum panel member Jeremy Resnick, a founder of Propel Charter Schools, “it’s missing.”</p><p>Dozens of parents, teachers and administrators crowded the Community Broadcast Center recently for a public forum as part of WESA’s <a href="http://wesa.fm/term/life-learning">Life of Learning</a> initiative.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:37:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 19146 at http://wesa.fm Parents, Teachers, Administrators Address Achievement Gap in Pittsburgh A Community Forum on the Education Achievement Gap http://wesa.fm/post/community-forum-education-achievement-gap <p>On October 29 as part of our Life of Learning Initiative, 90.5 WESA will host a <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wesa/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&amp;eventID=1437053">community forum </a>featuring a panel of experts to address the problem of Pittsburgh’s educational achievement gap.</p><p>Kevin Gavin is the Executive Producer for Special News Projects and says much of the forum will be devoted to exploring contributing factors to the gap.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:41:03 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18551 at http://wesa.fm A Community Forum on the Education Achievement Gap Speaker Discusses Effective Policies for Educating Young Black Males http://wesa.fm/post/speaker-discusses-effective-policies-educating-young-black-males <p>The University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems hosted a program Wednesday called “A Call to Conscience:&nbsp; Effective Policies and Practices in Educating African American Males.”</p><p>The keynote speaker was John Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education in Cambridge, Mass., who said research is clear that races are 99.6 percent the same genetically, so differences in educational performance must be caused by social policies and practices.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:42:57 +0000 Charlee Song 12878 at http://wesa.fm