Closing Opportunity Gaps

For more than a decade, school reform has focused on closing achievement gaps for minority and economically disadvantaged students—primarily as measured by outcomes on standardized tests. But is it fair to demand equal education outcomes without demanding that students receive equal opportunities to succeed?

This issue of ASCD Express will look at what’s happening at the federal, state, district, school, and classroom levels to address inequities in funding, curriculum access, facilities, preschool experiences, health care, and teacher quality. How are schools providing extended learning opportunities? What role can vouchers and charter schools play? How can we close technology gaps? How can we get the best teachers to the students who need them most? What strategies help students with different readiness levels receive the support they need?

ASCD Express is looking for short, 600 to 1,000-word essays on the theme “Closing Opportunity Gaps.” Guidelines for submissions are here. Please send us your submissions by September 10, 2010 (deadline extended).