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Stuck Schools Revisited: Beneath the Averages

Abstract

"Stuck Schools Revisited" shows yet again what many parents, educators and policymakers already know: Overall averages often mask huge gaps. Schools that are "high performing" are not necessarily high performing for all the children they serve. In fact, some schools whose overall scores look fairly good are downright stuck - low performing and not improving, or even losing ground - for some groups of students. These findings, based on analysis of data from Maryland and Indiana, make clear that while concentrating on schools with the lowest overall results is necessary, it is insufficient to close gaps. To raise achievement and close gaps nationwide, we must begin by maintaining a relentless focus on the performance of all groups of students at all schools.

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