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Prepared for the 2008 Equity Symposium of the Campaign for Educational Equity, “Comprehensive Educational Equity: Overcoming the Socioeconomic Barriers to School Success,” Teachers College, Columbia University, November 17-18, 2008.
Teachers College Press and EPI Book
Paperback, $19.95, 277 pages, 6″ x 9″
Published by the Economic Policy Institute and Teachers College Press (October 20, 2008)
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Table of contents
Chapter 1 The outcome goals of American public education
Chapter 2 Weighting the goals of public education
Chapter 3 Goal distortion
Chapter 4 Perverse accountability
Chapter 5 Accountability by the numbers
Chapter 6 Early NAEP
Chapter 7 School boards, accreditation, and Her Majesty’s Inspectors
Chapter 8 An accountability system for schools and other institutions of youth development
Appendix 1 Schools as scapegoats
Appendix 2 A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
Appendix 3 Goals survey methodology
Appendix 4 Teacher accounts of goal distortion
Except for the military, Americans devote more resources to elementary and secondary education than to any other activity we undertake in common.
The "achievement gap" usually refers to the difference between black and white students' basic skills test scores. But education and youth development consists of more than basic skills -- it also includes critical thinking, social skills and a work ethic, citizenship and community responsibility, physical health, emotional health, appreciation of the arts and literature, and preparation for skilled work. Greater equity in outcomes requires narrowing the achievement gap in each of these areas. In this "Report Card on Comprehensive Equity" (prepared for the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University), Richard Rothstein, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Tamara Wilder estimate the black-white achievement gaps in each of these aspects of education and youth development, and illustrate the types of data gathering which should be undertaken for ongoing measurement of these gaps.
[THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR THE SYMPOSIUM, “EXAMINING AMERICA’S COMMITMENT TO CLOSING ACHIEVEMENT GAPS: NCLB AND ITS ALTERNATIVES,” SPONSORED BY THE CAMPAIGN FOR EDUCATIONAL EQUITY, TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NOVEMBER 13-14, 2006]
‘Proficiency for All’ – An Oxymoron
by Richard Rothstein, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Tamara Wilder
This paper is available in PDF format.