U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology. (2012). Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World,
In 2010 the Council of the Great City Schools released a report entitled A Call for Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools which calls the achievement gap for African-American males a "national catastrophe." In response to this, the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the School of Library and Information Science at North Carolina Central University hosted the summit, Building a Bridge to Literacy for African-American Male Youth: A Call to Action for the Library Community in June, 2012. The summit, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, brought members of the library community together with stakeholders from other-liked minded organizations to consider the role libraries can play in improving educational opportunities for African American male youth. A report that summarizes the key summit outcomes can be found at: http://bridgetolit.web.unc.edu/?page_id=12. The report offers recommendations for how the library community can actively address the literacy needs of African-American male youth and encourages collaboration among the library community, the education community, and other local, state, and national agencies to address the achievement gap that exists. The report is intended to be a call to action for the library community-to provide the impetus for libraries to join this important conversation and to become an integral part of a nationwide network working to address the educational needs of African American male youth. It is also intended to encourage educators, researchers, educational policy-makers, and community organizations to consider libraries as viable and critical partners in their efforts to improve the educational opportunities for African American male students. Constructive ideas and recommendations are welcome and will be added to the project website: http://bridgetolit.web.unc.edu/. Please forward suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Will the Common Core State Standards improve student achievement? Not according to a new study out today. The crux of the argument in the report is that there is not much of a connection between standards—even rigorous ones—and student achievement. A 2009 Brookings study that found no connection between the quality of states' standards and their students' NAEP scores. Researcher Loveless examines NAEP scores from 2003 to 2009 and finds no correlation between the quality of states' standards and NAEP gains during that period. Loveless also looks at performance standards, or the "cut points" set for proficiency on states' tests, to examine the argument that the presumed higher cut scores on the future tests for the common standards will help drive better student achievement. Again, he finds that cut scores are unrelated to NAEP performance.
Loveless, T. (2012). How well are American students learning? Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.