Raising Education Expectations Across the Board

 

Every model school has its own unique blueprint for success, but two factors always exist – high expectations and accountability. Expecting the bare minimum from students and teachers is not enough to ensure our children a quality education. Students must adopt a lifestyle of education from school to home. Teachers should be judged by results instead of experience. With these and other cultural changes all our schools can return to a high level of achievement.

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The Education TrustClosing the Achievement Gap
The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels — pre-kindergarten through college. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people to lives on the margins of the American mainstream. Learn more.


Read The Education Trust essay: "Making Education Work for All Students"

Read the Education Trust essay

Endnotes & References

 

 
What Can I Do?

Become involved in your school district

If you are passionate about improving education, then get involved,  share your time and your voice.  That's how change gets started!

 

What If?

Q.  What if state legislatures and school district administrators truly commit to improving education in their region?

A.  In Arkansas an overhaul of school curriculum was passed to make teachers use a rigorous, modern style where lessons in every subject intertwine. In the decade since, Arkansas has seen greater gains in low-income student proficiency than any other state.

Q.  What if low income students were provided with the most effective teachers early in their education?

A.  Studies in Texas and Tennessee have found that providing low-income students with highly effective teachers for three years in a row closes the achievement gap.