Narrowing Achievement Gaps in Lexington Public Schools

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This publication by the Achievement Gap Institute at Harvard University chronicles Lexington Public Schools’ campaign to close its persistent achievement gap between White and Asian students, and Black and Latino students. Data-driven reform efforts, led by Superintendent Paul Ash, began in 2007, and focused on classroom instruction, professional development, and providing extra supports for low-income students and students of color. This paper examines the quality and effectiveness of Lexington’s eight-year reform effort by analyzing several data points, including state exam scores, SAT data, and other qualitative measures. Researchers conclude that the effort was a success for all students in the district, with African-American students experiencing the most dramatic gains.

Read it here.