Achievement Gap Essays


Idiocracy Idiocy and a Nation Full Of Idiots

preparing for a career path. Education is about empowering the individual to become a good citizen (Levinson, 2009). The achievement gap in public schools between whites and non-whites, or more realistically between the wealthy and the poor is meted out at the ballot box. Those students from underprivileged backgrounds with underclass status feel civically disempowered; they are therefore less likely to be active participants in the democracy. Just as their scholastic performance lags behind that of their peers, these students' civic performance and political education also lags behind. Instead of allowing these students to perpetuate the cycle of disempowerment,… Continue Reading...

Theory Of Motivation and Maslows Hierarchy Of Needs

Both observation and experiment provided the underpinning for Abraham Maslow’s theory of human motivation. Maslow (1943) posits, “man is a perpetually wanting animal,” leading to the constant striving to fulfill goals (p. 370). If and when anything prevents the fulfillment of a goal—whether the obstacle is internal or external—discomfort or psychopathy can occur (Maslow, 1943). Although Maslow’s original research was conducted decades ago, recent research on motivation and human behavior continues to substantiate Maslow’s core claims. Researchers continue to operationalize Maslow’s definitions of needs and motivation, leading to a strengthening of the original theory and expanded applications in the social… Continue Reading...

Closing the Achievement Gap

Introduction There is much to be said about the achievement gap. Indeed, there is an alarming chasm between top performers and many others that are further down the scoring and achievement spectrum. The most disturbing part of the problem is that the gaps are often along income, racial and other pronounced socioeconomic lines. As with any other problem, there are possible interventions that can be used to curtail and prevent this problem from getting larger and harder to manage. The interventions that were sought and found for this literature review were found in academic… Continue Reading...

School Funding in Illinois and Dc

investment is obtained to help develop programs that can assist in closing the achievement gap. DC is thus better structured and its school funding approach better supported to achieve success over the long run. Keywords: school funding, dc, Illinois, education School Funding Investigation: Comparing and Contrasting Illinois and Washington, D.C. Introduction Funding for schools is a controversial topic for many mainly because of the lack of discernible equitability evident throughout the system. This paper takes a close look at two school systems in particular—the Illinois state school system and the Washington, D.C., school system to see how they approach… Continue Reading...

Education Research into Dual Credit Equity

by the underserved communities most of all, in order to reduce the long-term achievement gap. Method Statement This research will use quantitative methods to assess the perceptions of Dual Credit among underserved populations in Hawaii high schools. Surveys will be distributed through all public high schools in the State of Hawaii. Administrators will be asked permission to distribute the surveys to all students, parents, and teachers. Modelled after the Hawaii School Quality Survey (SQS), this survey will be administered through the state Department of Education and then distributed to all high school administrators, students, parents, teachers, and counselors. Based on… Continue Reading...

Educational Platform Development

gender, race, ethnicities, values, and socioeconomic status is provided. In my school, young people need assistance closing the achievement gap and our educators aim to facilitate that process by focusing on promoting reading, writing and arithmetic skills. Image of the Learner All students are different and therefore learn in their own ways. Montessori taught that students should be allowed to set their own pace. Active learning has also been identified as a way for deep learning to transpire. Some students benefit from visual learning, others from demonstrations, others from lectures. Students should be active participants in the learning process… Continue Reading...

Action Plan: Closing the Achievement Gap Of African American Students

Action plan: Closing the achievement gap of African American students Background Based on statistics, the performance of African American students in public schools is way too dismal compared to their peers. In addition, there is a clear difference in the number of African American students graduating from high school. The need to address the education gap and improve on the performance and by extension the graduation rates of African Americans has the potential to improve the society in general (Washington State Library, 2008). Assessment of circumstances Despite the expectation for uniform performance, statistics show… Continue Reading...

Responses to Student Posts About Education

Response to Jason These two online field trips are especially important because each is part of the United States Department of Education: the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Transforming Teaching and Learning site. I appreciate the insight into how educators make tremendous personal sacrifices beliving in the value of their work in promoting higher quality of life in the society. For example, the author states, “The thoughts of spending $70,000-$100,000 for an education to receive a job in which you make $40,000 a year seems like a losing proposition for many would be education majors.” In spite of… Continue Reading...

Illegal Immigration Essay

considerably.  As Despress (2018) points out, many immigrants from Latin America fall into the achievement gap in the U.S. because they simply cannot keep up with what their English-speaking classmates are doing.  To give support to the immigrant students, schools attempt to close the achievement gap by spending more time and money on meeting their needs.  This causes the other students to be neglected.  The end result is a mish-mash of education where no standards are being met and the entire population suffers.  Compared to other educational standards around the world, the U.S. ranks pretty low (Desilver, 2017).  … Continue Reading...

Research Design Issues in Education Dual Credit

should seem that dual credit programs would be reducing the educational achievement gap. After all, dual credit programs by definition allow all students the opportunity to potentially shorten the amount of time they spend in college, thereby reducing their tuition fees that enable the completion of a degree program. Yet recent research shows that college enrollment and completion gaps may be getting wider, based both on ethnicity and on socioeconomic class (Gewertz, 2017). The results of the RAND study reported by Gewertz (2017) may not be applicable specifically to the state of Hawaii, and yet educational attainment disparities do… Continue Reading...

Reading and the Achievement Gap

Diagnosing the Problem As Palardy (2015) shows, first grade is where the achievement gap begins to develop among students. Ferrer et al. (2015) show that the achievement gap begins in first grade and persists well into adolescence: in order to address the achievement gap, the best step is to take preventive measures. This action research study plans to address the problem of the achievement gap by getting first graders to focus on reading and get them interested in reading by following the recommendation of Moses and Kelly (2018), which is to condition young learners to love reading by… Continue Reading...

History Political Social Economic Culture African American

Economic, Political, and Social History African American culture arose out of the turmoil and despair of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. From West African port towns to plantations, African American culture is unique in that it was forged under the pressure of bondage. People with different cultures and languages formed new identities relative to their subordinate social, economic, and political status—their culture therefore being in part defined by the experience of oppression and the determination to overcome it. Bereft of social, political, or economic independence for centuries, African American culture nevertheless emerged as organically as any other, but flourished especially after… Continue Reading...

The Problem Of Poverty

their talent shrinks, as most people who grow up in poverty suffer also from an achievement gap that stems from inequity in education (Balfanz and Byrnes; District of Columbia Public Schools). As a result, the larger economy suffers as well. Companies cannot grow as well as they might like because they do not have access to sufficient talent. When families grow up in poverty, the entire nation is limited, as a country is only as strong as its weakest members. As Pogge points out, poverty is also an injustice. It is perpetuated as a part of the scheme concocted… Continue Reading...

Hypercapitalism and the Yellow Vests

the inner circle is not interested in expanding its boundaries and borders—and the achievement gap, the process by which one group is provided with the means to succeed academically and thereby gain entry into the circle while another group is denied, is the primary means of controlling this system socially and politically: “In socially rigid societies, education—especially access to a small number of elite schools and universities—is one of the primary means to maintain social stratification. In an effort to limit access, Cambridge and Oxford Universities, until recently, guaranteed a certain percentage of entry positions for graduates from prestigious… Continue Reading...

The American Dream Today

factors—such as the income tax, income inequality, lack of job opportunities, the achievement gap—many factors affect people today. They do not have access to certain social circles; the system appears to be constantly “rigged” against them, as Obama says, and they cannot make their payments or reach their goals. They try and try but never get anywhere. The American Dream is more of a reality for those who run the social, economic and political system: unless you are rich, it is not for you. In fact, nearly every aspect of life is “rigged” by the haves against the have-nots… Continue Reading...

Intervention for Improving Grades

The achievement gap is a problem for many younger learners that appears to be impacted by racial and socio-economic factors (Harackiewicz, Canning, Tibbetts, Priniski & Hyde, 2016). However, social psychology interventions can be applied to help reverse the negative impacts of these factors and instill confidence in young students on the wrong end of the achievement gap (Spitzer & Aronson, 2015; Yeager & Walton, 2011). This paper will describe an intervention to address the problem of the achievement gap so as to assist in… Continue Reading...

How Does Public Policy Work

the swelling prisons to the problems in education and the achievement gap to the economic problems that seem to have been hanging over the nation since 2008, the policy of R2P is one that most Americans do not think much about—and yet it has a tremendous impact on their lives and on the resources of this country. For one thing, many Americans would like to see universal health care in the U.S.—yet when it comes to the problem of who is to pay for it, they cannot say. No one wants to see taxes raised. Yet what if a… Continue Reading...