Achievement Gap

Jacksonville educator opens charter school to introduce elementary schoolers to HBCU culture

Cameron Frazier didn’t attend a historically Black college or university, but the veteran educator recognizes their power, thanks to one of his former bosses. “During my work in Nashville, my principal was an HBCU graduate, and she was the poster child for HBCUs,” said Frazier a first-generation college graduate who[Read More…]

The forgotten achievement gap

The Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University has linked state exams across states for grades 3-8. The chart below shows average test scores by state for female students. Green dots represent states with above-average achievement, blue dots are states with below-average achievement for female students. Dots are sized by the[Read More…]

Education choice gives Black students a way out of ‘achievement gaps’ – and the systems that cause them

A recent article on The 74 noted the controversy over using the term “achievement gap” to describe learning disparities between Black and white students, with critics arguing that the education reform movement’s focus on “widespread, high-stakes standardized testing”  heightens racial stereotypes.    This is like blaming a thermometer for a[Read More…]

Reducing inequality in outside-of-school learning opportunities by investing in, expanding children’s savings accounts

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a spotlight on one of the significant barriers to equal opportunity in American education. Children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more dependent on in-school learning and have fewer resources to learn when schools are closed. As lawmakers and school leaders work to prepare for the[Read More…]

Gigantic and all-too-real segregation must end

“You were born where you were born and faced the future you faced because you were black and for no other reason,” James Baldwin wrote to his nephew James in 1962. “The limits to your ambition were thus expected to be settled. You were born into a society which spelled[Read More…]

Education choice advocates discuss equity for children of color

Step Up For Students’ Keith Jacobs made a recent guest appearance on The Soul Purpose Show, a podcast with the goal of educating, enlightening and empowering listeners through engaging and thoughtful conversation on topics including education, relationships and pop culture. The episode, which aired June 20, was one in a[Read More…]

Fixed for whom, Ms. Weingarten?

In the film “The Matrix,” Laurence Fishburne’s character, Morpheus, explains to the protagonist that the world he perceived himself to be living in actually had been a neural computer simulation. Humanity had lost a war against its own artificial intelligence mechanical creations years before. Human beings were grown captive in[Read More…]