Performance of All Student Subgroups in Arkansas: Moving Beyond Achievement Gaps. Dr. Gary Ritter June 12, 2014 Bridging the Gap Symposium. Objectives of this Talk. Introduce statistics on achievement gaps Frame panel discussions
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Performance of All Student Subgroups in Arkansas: Moving Beyond Achievement Gaps
Dr. Gary Ritter
June 12, 2014
Bridging the Gap Symposium
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Poorest Districts have $12,526 per pupil
Least poor have just over $10,000
Least Poor Districts
Districts with most minority students have $11,773 per pupil.
Highest expenditures since 2003
Fewest Minority Students
Most Minority Students
Both schools started at the same spot in the year 2000 … which school made better progress for all student groups?
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Key Takeaway: It’s not straightforward or obvious!
*2005 to 2013
Average Hispanic student score 46th %ile
Average white student score 56th %ile
Average low-income student score 41st %ile
Average non-poor student score 65th %ile
Average black student score 33rd %ile
Arkansas compared to surrounding states
Arkansas Scale score growth over time (compared to surrounding states)
*2005 to 2013
High School Graduation Rates – Gaps?
1. Technical / Statistical:
2. Philosophical / Political:
3. Political / Political:
5. Take Action Steps:
Grace Hill Elementary
Outperformed all state subpopulations!
GH FRL: 87% Enroll: 461
Ark FRL: 59%