Principals’ Strategies for Successfully Closing the Achievement Gaps in their Schools
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 6 No. 3 (2005): Vol-6-Issue-3-March-2005
One of our greatest educational challenges is reducing the achievement gap between successful and
less-successful students. The achievement gap is usually discussed in terms of dramatic differences in
graduation rates and the academic achievement between white and minority students such as
Hispanics (Waxman, Padrón, and Garcia, 2007). Research in this area typically looks at school
districts and/or schools that do better than others in reducing the gaps between groups of students.
There are fewer research studies, however, that focus on achievement gaps within schools and
classrooms. These “within” school educational disparities often are greater than the differences
between schools or school differences (Waxman et al., 2007).