Challenges of Ensuring Education Equity and Excellence
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In preparation for the Washington Policy Seminar (WPS), we want you to
have an opportunity to dig deeper into the equity conversation at the
national level as well as seven complex education issues – the
resolution of which will help to close opportunity gaps and have a
positive impact on educational outcomes for all children-- that will be
discussed in small group concurrent conversations. View the WPS agenda.
We hope that you will review the
briefing materials below, collect your thinking – and, perhaps, generate some
questions you want answered. The briefing materials are divided into two sections:
2014 WPS Plenary Sessions
Nation Falls Short on Equity, Data Show
Michele McNeil and Evie Blad, EdWeek
According to a recent civil rights data study published by the Department of Education, there continues to be persistent and widespread disparities among disadvantaged students from Pre-K to High School. This informative article highlights these troubling statistics and trends within the education system. To read the article and other Edweek articles, please click here. Ten Steps to Equity in Education
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
This Policy Brief looks at how to improve equity in
education in three key policy domains: the design of education systems,
practices both in and out of school, and resourcing. It proposes ten steps
which would help reduce school failure and dropout rates, make society fairer
and help avoid the large social costs of marginalized adults with few basic
skills.Learn more at: http://www.oecd.org/education/school/39989494.pdf
The World's Youth 2013 Data Sheet
Population Reference Bureau
Girls and boys in developing countries are enrolling in
secondary school in greater numbers than ever before, giving them knowledge and
skills for healthy, productive lives. While this is good news, many young
people still face challenges to employment, and they must also navigate serious
risks to their health, such as smoking, early marriage and childbearing, or
having unprotected sex. The World's Youth 2013 Data
Sheet provides a comprehensive
portrait of the well-being of youth ages 10 to 24 across the globe, including
such indicators as the current and projected size of youth populations,
educational enrollments, labor force participation, marriage and fertility, and
health risks and behaviors.
KIDS COUNT Data Center
Annie E. Casey Foundation
A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation,
KIDS COUNT is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the
United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports
and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center to support smart decisions about
children and families in your state, district or community. to browse the KID COUNT data center, please click here.
Policy Actions and Leadership
United States Department of Education
President has proposed a new initiative, Race to The Top-Equity and Opportunity, saying,
"Opportunity is who we are.
And the defining project of our generation is to restore that promise.” President Barack Obama, January 28,
2014. This initiative would
create incentives for states and districts to drive comprehensive change in
identifying and closing opportunity and achievement gaps.
Partisan Split on Common Core Evident in Congress
Alyson Klein, EdWeek
A spate of Republican-sponsored legislation on Capitol Hill makes clear
that the partisan edge to criticism of the common-core academic standards isn't
restricted to state legislatures. To visit this article and many others that dealt with common core, please click here.
Warriors for Equity: An Argument for Distributing Leadership
Larry Leverett, The Laboratory for Student Success
Equity warriors . . . passionately lead and embrace
the mission of high levels of achievement for all students,
regardless of race, social class, ethnicity, culture, disability or
language proficiency and often act outside their formally assigned roles. To learn more about advancing educational equity and school leadership, please view the article here.
Nancy Folbre, New York Times
"Diverging incomes among families lead to
diverging destinies among children, undermining the promise of equal
opportunity. Economic research helps explain why this happening and what we
could do about it. So contend Greg J. Duncan and [Professor] Richard J.
Murnane in Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the
Challenge for American Education." Learn more: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/a-fair-chance-for-children/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
Education in the Flat World: Implications of Globalization on Education
Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair, College of Education, University of Oregon
Yong Zhao discusses the newest push for educational reform and the impact globalization. In this article, Dr. Zhao highlights No Child Left Behind Act and how it is a crutch to our standing as a nation in our highly globalized world. Implications of globalization on the US educational system, key strategies, and solutions our discussed in this informative article. To read more please click here.
Five Questions to Ask about the Common Core
Yong Zhao, Zhao Learning
If you are reading this, you know the
world didn’t end in 2012. But the world of American education may end in 2014, when the Common Core is scheduled to march into thousands of schools in the
United States and end a "chaotic, fragmented, unequal, obsolete, and failing”
system that has accompanied the rise of a nation with the largest economy, most
scientific discoveries and technological inventions, best universities, and
largest collection of Nobel laureates in the world today. See more from Yong Zhao at Zhaolearning.com.
Set High Expectations for All Students
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
participated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s "Children’s Crusade.” He marched and
was arrested in support of his right to a good education. As he waited in the
prison, at 12 years old, Dr. King came over and said to them, "What you
children do this day will impact children not yet born.” The lesson
Hrabowski learned? "Children can be empowered to take ownership of their
education.” Read about Hrabowski’s leadership at UMBC; Watch
his Ted talk here.
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