A Guided Analysis of Techniques Proven to Close the Gap
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The purpose of this project was to analyze why achievement gaps occur and what diverse schools and districts can do to effectively close them. This research found five main causes of achievement gaps: parents and guardians, one versus two parent families, lack of literacy and resources within the home, and limited vocabulary in the home. Four schools and districts that successfully employed strategies to overcome the achievement gap were studied. Common strategies within schools and districts that successfully close achievement gaps were found. Those strategies included: implementing small class sizes, identifying a target group, focusing on professional development, providing solid leadership, and culturally responsive teaching. In order to implement these strategies districts must rethink budgets and make these common elements a priority. Rethinking Title I funding may help support initiatives to close the gap.