November 14, 2007




Dispelling the Myth
Awards Honor Excellence in
Narrowing the Achievement Gap 

The Education Trust granted Dispelling the Myth awards last week to honor schools that have achieved exceptional success in educating low-income students and students of color to high academic levels. The schools were recognized for making significant strides in narrowing gaps in academic achievement among student groups, posting achievement that significantly exceeds state averages, or improving student performance at a rapid pace. 

The awards ceremony was held during the 18th Education Trust National Conference, the leading annual symposium on closing the achievement gaps that persist in our nation’s schools. Participants at this year’s conference, themed “Courageous Choices: Tackling the Tough Issues to Raise Student Achievement and Close Gaps,” examined proven strategies and practices that produce higher achievement levels, from pre-kindergarten through college.  

This year’s award recipients were: 

  • P.S./M.S. 124 Osmond A. Church School in Queens, N.Y. 
  • Lockhart Junior High School in Lockhart, Tex.
  • North Star Academy Charter School in Newark, N.J.
  • Keith L. Ware Elementary School in Fort Riley, Kan 

Click here for the multimedia news release, which includes a press release, video footage and photographs from the event.


“The great experiment,” The Economist, November 8, 2007
The 220 children are called scholars, not students, at the Excellence charter school in Brooklyn's impoverished Bedford-Stuyvesant district. To promote the highest expectations, the scholars—who are all boys, mostly black and more than half of whom get free or subsidized school lunches—are encouraged to think beyond school, to university. The charter school is an independently run public school that is bringing accountability and competition to New York City's struggling schools.  

“The Education Secretary Talks about NCLB,” U.S. News & World Report, November 5, 2007
As the U.S. secretary of education, Margaret Spellings oversees the implementation of the No Child Left Behind law. A believer that "what gets measured gets done," she remains confident that schools can bring all students to grade-level proficiency by 2014 but says progress is not being made fast enough. 

“NCLB tests system,” The Register-Herald, North Carolina, November 3, 2007
Each school in the country has been affected by the [No Child Left Behind Act], designed to increase the standards of accountability for states, school districts and schools to ensure that “no child is left behind.” Raleigh County Superintendent Dr. Charlotte Hutchens says that one of the better aspects of NCLB… is the emphasis it places on individual children.


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