“One of the most disheartening situations in the U.S. educational system is the achievement gap in standardized test scores,” writes Gina Burkhardt, executive director of the North Central Regional Educational Library (NCREL). To help schools close this gap, the folks at NCREL have created this web site, which serves as a repository for research, promising strategies, important meetings, and valuable tools for addressing the problem. Through this comprehensive resource, educators have access to a schedule of major meetings and projects designed to address issues surrounding the achievement gap; a quick-reference guide to frequently asked questions about the national disparity in student achievement; and a unique toolbox that links educators to information about the different roles community, technology, literacy, math and science, professional development, and school improvement can play in strengthening overall student achievement nationwide.
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