closing the opportunity gap with outcomes-based programs

The Gap is About Opportunity First, Achievement Second

“We’ve squeezed all the benefits we’re going to out of our laser-like focus on measuring outcomes.” That’s the assessment of Dr. Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, and editor of a book about closing the opportunity gap. Welner bases part of that assessment on the limited success of […]

Summer Enrichment Helps Students Maintain Gains

The “summer slide” has long been documented as a major threat to the academic achievement of children in high-poverty schools. They lose much of the gains they make during the school year and fall further behind their peers from higher-income homes. To combat the summer slide, Charleston Promise Neighborhood provides literacy enrichment to Mary Ford […]

The Critical Importance of Community Engagement in Schools

Research has demonstrated repeatedly and convincingly that parental and community involvement in schools leads to improved academic and behavioral outcomes for the children. One study found that family participation in education was twice as predictive of students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status. Some of the more intensive programs had effects that were 10 times […]