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Criterion 8: Closing the Gap



Element 8.1

  Identifies barriers to achievement and knows how to close resulting gaps.

Resource  Author
Format 
Books and Research     
Talking about the Achievement Gap  Frameworks Institute  Article 
Assessment FOR Learning, the 
Achievement Gap, and Truly 
Effective Schools
  
Rick Stiggins  Article 
Latino English Language Learners:
Bridging Achievement and Cultural
Gaps between Schools and Families
 
Good, Masewicz & Vogle. 
Journal of Latinos and Education. 2010 
Article 
College Readiness Indicator Systems: Building Effective Supports for Students   Annenberg Institute  Article 
Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools  Tyrone C. Howard  Book 
Every Day Anti-Racism: Getting Real 
about Race
 
Edited by Mica Pollock  Book 
The Pedagogy of Confidence  Yvette Jackson  Book 
Teaching with Poverty in Mind   Eric Jensen  Book 
The School Leader's Guide to
Formative Assessment: Using
Data to Improve Student and
Teacher Improvement
 
Todd Stanley & Jana Aliog  Book 
Switch: How to Change Things
When Change is Hard
  
Heath & Heath  Book 
Student Achievement Goal
Setting: Using Data to Improve
Teaching and Learning
  
James Stronge & Leslie Grant  Book 
School Counseling to Close
the Achievement Gap: A Social
Justice Framework for Success
 
Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy  Book 
Putting Faces on the Data: What
Great Leaders Do
  
Lyn Sharratt & Michael Fullan  Book 
Embedded Formative Assessment  Dylan Williams  Book 
Data Strategies to Uncover
and Eliminate Hidden Inequities:
The Wallpaper Effect
 
Ruth Johnson & Robin LaSalle  Book 
Creating the Opportunity to Learn:
Moving from Research to Practice
to Close the Achievement Gap  
Boykin & Noguera  Book 
Closing the Opportunity Gap:
What America Must Do to Give
Every Child an Even Chance
 
Prudence Carter & Kevin Welner  Book
Aim High, Achieve More: How to
Transform Urban Schools
Through Fearless Leadership
 
Yvette Jackson & Veronica McDermott  Book 
The Heart of Learning and
Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency
and Academic Success
  
Wolpow, Johnson, Hertek & Kinkaid  PDF 
Teacher Union Contracts and
High School Reform
 
Mitch Price  PDF 
Reducing Stereotype Threat in
Classrooms: A Review of Social-Psychological Intervention Studies
on Improving the Achievement of
Black Students
  
Joshua Aronson  PDF 
Raising Achievement and
Closing the Gap
 
Jennifer Durham  PDF 
Planning for Terrific Transitions: A
Guide for Transitions to School Teams
 
Hale, Brown & Amwake  PDF 
Parsing the Achievement Gap II   Barton & Coley  PDF 
Fostering School Connectedness:
Staff Development Program - 
Facilitator's Guide
 
Center for Disease Control & Prevention  PDF 
Fostering School Connectedness 
Guidelines for Administrators
 
Center for Disease Control & Prevention  PDF 
Effective and Promising Practices
for Closing Achievement Gaps
  
Stone, Barron & Finch  PDF 
C.A.R.E.: Strategies for Closing
the Achievement Gap
  
National Education Association  PDF 
After the Test: Closing the
Achievement Gaps with Data
 
Kiley Walsh Symonds
PDF 
A Review of Methods and Instruments
Used in State and Local School
Readiness Evaluations
 
Catherine Scott-Little et al.  PDF 
Inside the Black Box of High-
Performance High-Poverty Schools
 
Patricia Kannapel & Stephen Clements  Report 
Multimedia     
Closing the Gap: Implementation Tools
and Templates
 
American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, & Gartner Inc.  Web Resource 
Navigation 101 - Career and
College Readiness
  
OSPI  Web Resource 
Helping Parents Become 
Interventionists Through the 
Use of Child Assessment Data
 
Schrotberger, Clements & Nichols 
Harvard Family Research Project, 2013. 
Web Resource 
Collective Barganing for Improved
Student Achievement
 
National Education Association  Web Resource 
ASCA National Model  American School Counselor Association
Web Resource 
Achievement Gap Videos
Harvard University Achievement 
Gap Initiative 
Web Resource 
Training     
Learning Environments that Promote
Positive Youth Development and
Success for African American 
Male Students
 
Schools Moving Up-WestEd  Webinar 
Links to Webinars  Children Youth and Families Education
and Research Network
Webinar 
Links to Webinars  Schools Moving Up - WestEd  Webinar 
Formative Assessment Webinars  Robert Marzano & Tammy Heflebower  Webinar 


Element 8.2

  Demonstrates a commitment to close the achievement gap.

Resource  Author  Format 
Books and Research     
Leadership for Equality  Rhonda Barton & Rob Larson. Principal Research Review. March 2012.   Blog/Article 
We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools  Gary Howard  Book 
Walking the Equality Talk: A Guide for Culturally Courageous Leadership in
School Communities 
 
John Robert Browne  Book 
Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Studen Alan Blankstein & Pedro Noguera  Book 
Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race   Frances E. Kendall  Book 
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Strategies
for Facilitating Conversations on Race
  
Caprice Hollins & Ilsa Govan  Book
The Culturally Proficient School: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders  Lindsey, Roberts & Jones  Book 
Privilege, Power and Difference  Alan G. Johnson  Book 
Every Day Anti-Racism: Getting Real 
About Race
 
Edited by Mica Pollock  Book 
Getting it Done: Leading Academic 
Success in Unexpected Schools
 
Karin Chenoweth & Christina Theokas  Book 
Excited to Learn: Motivation and 
Culturally Responsive Teaching
  
Margery Ginsberg  Book 
Culturally Proficient Education:
An Asset-Based Response to
Conditions of Poverty
 
Lindsey, Karnes & Myatt  Book 
Best Leadership Practices for
High-Poverty Schools
  
Linda Lyman & Christien J. Villani  Book 
Using Equality Audits in the Classroom
to Reach and Teach All Students
 
Kathryn Bell McKenzie & Linda Skria  Book 
The Learning Leader: How to Focus
School Improvement for Better Results
 
Douglas Reeves  Book 
Minding the Achievement Gap
One Classroom at a Time
 
Pollock, Ford & Black
Book 
High Poverty, High Performing Schools  Ovid Wong  Book 
Closing the Achievement Gap: A 
Practical Handbook for Teachers
 
International Center for 
Leadership in Education 
Book 
Best Leadership Practices for
High-Poverty Schools
 
Linda L. Lyman & Christine J. Villani
Book 
Reducing the Achievement Gap
Through District/Union Collaboration: 
The Tale of Two School Districts
 
National Commission on Teaching
and America's Future. 
PDF 
Preventing Disproportionality by
Strengthening District Policies and
Procedures: An Assessment and
Strategic Planning Process
 
Kozleski & Zion. National Center 
for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems 
PDF 
White Fragility   Robin DiAngelo  PDF 
Leadership and Race: How to Develop
and Support Leadership that
Contributes to Racial Justice
 
Center for Assessment and Policy Development  PDF 
Flipping the Script: White Privilege
and Community Building
 
Maggie Potapchuk et al. 
Center for Assessment and Policy Development 
PDF 
Equity in Special Education Placement:
A School Self-Assessment Guide or
Culturally Responsive Practice
 
Geraldo V. Richards et al. 
National Center for Culturally 
Responsive Educational Systems 
PDF 
Fostering Equity and Excellence for Black and Latin Males  Boston Public Schools
PDF 
Culture, Abilities, Resilience,
Effort: Strategies for Closing
the Achievement Gaps
 
National Education Association
PDF 
Culturally Responsive Practices
for Student Success: A 
Regional Sampler
 
Jennifer Klump & Gwen McNeir  Blog/Article 
Culturally Responsive Teaching Documents  Center for Strengthening the 
Teaching Profession 
PDF
Cultural Competence Matrix  PESB
PDF 
Closing the Achievement Gap: A
Policy Action Guide for Washington
State's School Directors
  
Washington State School Directors Association  PDF 
Approaches to Dropout Prevention:
Heeding Early Warning Signs with Appropriate Interventions
 
Louise Kennelly & Maggie Monad  PDF 
After the Test: Closing the
Achievement Gaps with Data
 
Kelly Walsh Symonds  PDF 
Multimedia     
Achievement Gap Elimination Plan  Ann Arbor Public Schools  PowerPoint 
Building Authentic Relationships
with Youth at Risk
 
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network  Video 
Racial Equity Tools  Center for Policy Development  Web Resource 
Training for Diversity and Cultural Competence  REACH Center  Web Resource 
Research on Dropout Prevention  What Works Clearinghouse  Web Resource 
Re-entry Programs for Out-of-School
Youth with Disabilities
 
National Dropout Prevention 
Center/Network 
Web Resource 
NASP Multicultural Resources and Publications  National Association of School 
Psychologists 
Web Resource 
Model Programs for Dropout Prevention  National Dropout Prevention 
Center/Network 
Web Resource 
Leadership for Equity Assessment & Development (LEAD) Tool  Education Northwest  Web Resource 
Interpretation and Translation Services
for School Districts
 
OSPI  Web Resource 
Equity Assistance  Region X Equity Assistance Center  Web Resource 
Eliminating Disparities in School
Discipline
 
Education Northwest  Web Resource 
Early Warning Systems  National High School Center   Web Resource 
Cultural Competency Resources  Education Northwest  Web Resource
Training     
Cultural Competency Workshop  Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)  Webinar 
Evidence-Based Practices for 
Linguistically Diverse Students 
w/Disabilities
 
Council for Exceptional Children  Webinar 


Element 8.3

Provides evidence of growth in student learning.

Student growth rubric elements are designed to focus on actual student achievement, rather than principal actions. Resources listed within the other elements of this criterion support actions increasing the likelihood of evidence of student growth.