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Strategies From the Region

The No Child Left Behind Act has encouraged not only educators but also the public to become more focused on issues and strategies to improve student learning. Because a growing amount of attention is being focused on closing achievement gaps, states have started implementing strategies that address this issue. This hard work needs to be shared and showcased. This section of the Web site provides links to state plans and initiatives in the NCREL region that are aimed at closing the achievement gaps.


Illinois State Board of Education Showcase
The Illinois State Board of Education implemented an item on the monthly meeting agenda called "School District Showcase and Dialogue." This feature, which showcases specific school districts each month, provides local school districts an opportunity to share successful strategies and techniques that have increased student achievement.


Indiana's P-16 Plan for Improving Student Preparation for College Success
Indiana is working to improve student achievement all around the state. The state's common-sense strategy has many key components that address different issues in Indiana P–16 education. Two of Indiana's many priorities in the plan are eliminating achievement gaps and turning around low-performing schools. The plan outlines the next steps the state is going to take towards these priorities. Though the plan specifically targets the gaps, all the different components of the plan will work collaboratively to improve education for all students in Indiana.


Iowa - 2004 Condition of the State Address
"Under the approach that I offer our state, support for schools would increase by $131 million. We would fully fund this year's allowable growth including restoring state funds cut from last year's budget. We would continue and expand the teacher compensation [and] student achievement effort started two years ago. State resources would act as incentive for local districts to reduce administrative costs and redirect those savings into greater support for teacher compensation and professional development. Important efforts to reduce class sizes, improve reading and prevent dropouts would continue without interruption. New efforts to meaningfully tackle the achievement gap among minority students would be launched in places like Waterloo and Sioux City. What does it mean for schools? More and better-qualified teachers and smaller class sizes. For our children it means better learning opportunities. For Iowa's future it means a more educated and productive workforce to meet the challenges of a 21st century global economy." - Gov. Tom Vilsack


Closing the Achievement Gap: Why Minnesota's Accountability Plan Must Address Achievement Disparities Among Our Students
This presentation by Minnesota Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke, Ph.D., was delivered on May 2, 2020.


Closing Achievement Gaps Across Ohio Web site
In 2003, Ohio launched this Web site to showcase the work being done around the state to help close achievement gaps. The site provides extensive information about the Closing Achievement Gaps Task Force established by the Ohio State Board of Education, including the task force's report (listed below). The site also includes background information on the state superintendent's Schools of Promise program, which identifies, recognizes, and highlights schools that are making substantial progress in ensuring high achievement for all students.

Toward High Achievement for All Students: The Report of the Ohio State Board of Education's Closing Achievement Gaps Task Force
This 2003 report offers 23 recommendations to close gaps in academic achievement between Ohio's highest performing and lowest performing students. It places a special emphasis on students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, those in major racial and ethnic groups, students with disabilities, and those with limited-English-language backgrounds.

Breaking New Ground: How One Community Is Getting Serious About Closing Its Achievement Gaps (Adobe® Reader® PDF)
In its 2001 Statement of the Board of Education, the Ohio State Board of Education identified the following goal: "By 2005, Ohio will lead the nation in improving student performance, especially in closing the achievement gap among students." Recognizing that this goal will not be accomplished without committed leadership at both the state and local level, the 16 school districts in Franklin County, Michigan, joined in a Community Leadership Summit on May 16, 2020, to begin to formulate a strategic response. Breaking New Ground documents Franklin County's efforts. This resource may stimulate other communities to identify how they might also respond collaboratively to ensure that all students achieve at high levels so that no child is left behind.


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