Coastal Carolina University Spadoni College of Education Consortium for Educational Research and Evaluation will host an Educational Forum on the Achievement/Opportunity Gap, Tuesday, April 9th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Wheelwright Auditorium.
Please Register Online or Contact Lynne Brock at 843-349-2629
The term “Achievement Gap” is commonly used to describe the differences in test scores among students from varied backgrounds and experiences (e.g.., ethnic, racial, gender, disability, and income).
However, recently the emphasis has shifted from test scores to focus on the idea of an “Opportunity Gap“ in which economic resources, early learning opportunities, highly effective teachers, and parental and community involvement are seen as significant factors in reducing any student learning gaps.
The point being that the issue is very complex and requires addressing multiple educational, social, cultural, economic, and political forces and factors. With this in mind, the forum has been organized to address three key themes:
- * The Significance of Early Childhood Education to Reducing the Achievement/Opportunity Gap.
- * Bridging the Achievement/Opportunity Gap through School/Community Initiatives and Teacher Effectiveness.
- * The Economic Impact of the Achievement/Opportunity Gap in America’s Schools.
The format will allow each keynote speaker fifteen to twenty minutes to provide an overview of specific knowledge, research, and policy initiatives relevant to each theme. Following the three presentations, a discussion panel comprised of the three keynote speakers and invited guests will respond to audience questions.