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ACHIEVEMENT GAP                               
Teacher Effects and the Achievement Gap Do teachers and teaching quality influence the achievement gap between black and white students and high vs low-SES students in the Early Grades?This study contributes to understanding of the school's role in inequality by investigating the extent to which specific aspects of teacher and teaching quality influence student mathematics achievement growth and the achievement gap between White and Black students and low- and high-SES students in kindergarten and first grade, using a nationally representative sample of students, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS).
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ABSENTEEISM
The Importance of Being There: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation's Public Schools Many studies have linked frequent absence to low academic achievement and high dropout rates. They have also suggested attendance may predict a student’s academic progress as effectively as test scores. Yet, little has been done to address the problem. Research from the Johns Hopkins University has found up to 15 percent of American students are chronically absent from school, missing at least one day in 10 and doing long-term harm to their academic progress. The most recent report, " The Importance of Being There: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation's Public Schools,' explores potential solutions for solving the problem.
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ART EDUCATION
Reinvesting in Arts Education 3.9 million American students have no access to arts education.  Studies show low-income children who participate in arts education are four times more likely to experience high academic achievement, and three items more likely to attend school frequently. Once they graduate, the advantages continue: These children are more likely to attend and excel in college, build careers, volunteer in their communities and vote.
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ATTITUDES TOWARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Most Americans are Happy with Public School Teachers
43rd PDK/Gallup Poll
Americans continue to see teaching as a desirable profession and understand many of the challenges teachers face on the job. In terms of the best ways to transform public education, there is strong support for teachers—recruiting, training, and retaining great teachers.  Americans polled, in significant numbers, said the lack of financial support is the biggest problem facing public schools.
Public Education in the United States: A Nation Divided
44th PDK/Gallup Poll
As the debate rages over the best approach to reform public education, it appears most Americans are split over issues such as whether teachers should be evaluated based on student test scores and whether parents should receive private school vouchers. The 44th annual Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools has found stark points of agreement and difference on education across the political spectrum.
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