Narrowing the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged students and their advantaged peers: A Pennsylvania schools study
This study surveyed a group of Pennsylvania schools to examine how they have succeeded at narrowing the test performance achievement gap between economically disadvantaged students and their more advantaged peers. The schools were chosen from a school analysis completed by Standard & Poor's (SchoolMatters, 2006). On-line surveys were sent via email to all 45 school principals in the analysis. 25 of the 45 principals responded to the survey.
The study sought to identify common characteristics of each school that directly relate to the seven Effective School Correlates (ESCs) identified by Lezotte (2008). The goal was to identify common strategies used by these 45 schools to decrease the test performance achievement gap between economically disadvantaged students and the average of their peers, and determine whether these common strategies appeared to operationalize the Effective School Correlates identified by Lezotte (2008).