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Fostering Educational Excellence / Academic Achievement
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The listings on this page are still under compilation and are not comprehensive.
Academic Achievement / Educational Excellence Programs & Campaigns
(Initiatives / Websites)Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAOE) Blackstocks Development Corporation Center for Education Reform Children First America Children’s Defense Fund NAACP - Education Department NAACP - Parent Involvement Campaign & Partners for Excellence in Public Education SchoolSuccessInfo.org No Child Left Behind (NCLB) – Official U.S. Department of Education Website
No Excuses No Excuses - Minority Achievement. Reports on minority achievement Operation HOPE, Inc. SchoolChoiceInfo.org
Articles, Reports, Etc.
This listing provides only a sampling of diverse viewpoints. List is largely in reverse chronological order.
With mounting evidence that high-quality early child care and education can significantly affect life chances, especially for low-income children, a CNP report calls for development of a comprehensive national policy to ensure broad access to effective programs. Authors Jennifer Kolker, David Osborne and Eric Schnurer review data on program availability, adequacy and cost. They assess state efforts, current federal funding and coordination issues. They urge Congress and the President to act so that outcomes improve for all American children
Life Way After Head Start. David L. Kirp. New York Times. November 21, 2004
Baby Steps. William Raspberry. The Washington Post. November 17 2003.
Baby Steps: Do our first three years of life determine how we'll turn out? Malcolm Gladwell. The New Yorker, January 10, 2000.
The Economic Policy Institute.
Smart Money: Education and Economic Development. William Schweke. July 2004. The Economic Policy Institute.
Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black–White Achievement Gap. Richard Rothstein. May 2004. The Economic Policy Institute.
. Danna Harman. The Christian Science Monitor, June 15, 2004.
William Raspberry. Closing the Race Gap. The Washington Post, June 30, 2003
William Raspberry. Why black kids lag. The Washington Post, Dec 9, 2002.
William Raspberry. Culture of Achievement. The Washington Post, September 23, 2002
William Raspberry. To Change a Culture; Making Achievement Cool. The Washington Post, December 5, 1997
Poor education prognosis. April 28, 2004
Black education. January 21, 2004.
Walter Williams. Affirmative action or racism II. February 5, 2003
Amy J. Orr. Black-white differences in achievement: the importance of wealth. Sociology of Education, October 2003.
The Wealth Factor. NEA Today. September 2000. A sociologist (Dalton Conley) says racial differences in family assets, not culture, explain achievement gaps in school performance.
Ernest Holsendolph. Young, black and on track ... Why African-American boys often fail in school. The Atlanta Journal - Constitution. Aug 10, 2003.
For Every Child, a Stake in America. Ray Boshara and Michael Sherraden. The New York Times. July 23, 2003
Armstrong Williams."Create Affirmative Action For The Truly Needy," April 3, 2003 .
Felicia R. Lee. Why Are Black Students Lagging? New York Times. Nov 30, 2002.
Jack White. Why Dropping the SAT is Bad for Blacks: Until We Start Acing The Test, We Can't Say We're Equal. Time, March 12, 2001
Academic Achievement and Economic Power: The Next Civil Rights Frontier.
William H. Gray, III. "The Tradition of Academic Excellence in the African-American Community". 2001.
Donna Britt. Black Culture Should Build On Success. Washington Post, January 5, 2001
Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Sports Still No Ticket Out of the Ghetto. 2001.
John McWhorter. The Gift of Competition. The American Enterprise, December 2000
Bob Herbert. "The Success Taboo," New York Times, December 14, 1997
Selected Recent Books
List is largely in reverse chronological order
Class and Schools--Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap. Richard Rothstein. Economic Policy Institute. May 2004. At Amazon.com
Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb: A Study of Academic Disengagement. John U. Ogbu. Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc. February 2003
Young, Gifted, and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African-American Students. Theresa Perry. Beacon Press. February 2003.
Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child the Best Education Possible. Hugh B. Price
Kensington. September 2002. At Amazon.com Bridging the Achievement Gap. John E. Chubb & Tom Loveless (Editors). The Brookings Institution. November 2002. At Amazon.com Inequality at the Starting Gate: Social Background Differences in Achievement as Children Begin School. Valerie E. Lee, David T. Burkam. Economic Policy Institute. September 30, 2002. At Amazon.com Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women. Freeman A. Hrabowski, Kenneth I. Maton, Monica L. Greene, Geoffrey L. Greif. Oxford University Press. January 2002. At Amazon.com
Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males. Freeman A. Hrabowski, Kenneth I. Maton, Geoffrey L. Greif, Maton Greif Hrabowski. Oxford University Press. April 1998. At Amazon.com
Learning While Black: Creating Educational Excellence for African American Children. Janice E. Hale & V. P. Franklin. Johns Hopkins University Press. December 2001. At Amazon.com Raising Standards or Raising Barriers?: Inequality and High Stakes Testing in Public Education. Gary Orfield & Mindy Kornhaber (Editors). Century Foundation Press. August 2001. At Amazon.com
The Black-White Test Score Gap. Christopher Jencks & Meredith Phillips (Editors). The Brookings Institution. September 1998. At Amazon.com
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