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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
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 
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
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 
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 
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
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
High Poverty, High Performing Schools  Ovid Wong  Book 
Closing the Achievement Gap: A 
Practical Handbook for Teachers
International Center for 
Leadership in Education 
Best Leadership Practices for
High-Poverty Schools
Linda L. Lyman & Christine J. Villani
Reducing the Achievement Gap
Through District/Union Collaboration: 
The Tale of Two School Districts
National Commission on Teaching
and America's Future. 
Preventing Disproportionality by
Strengthening District Policies and
Procedures: An Assessment and
Strategic Planning Process
Kozleski & Zion. National Center 
for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems 
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 
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 
Fostering Equity and Excellence for Black and Latin Males  Boston Public Schools
Culture, Abilities, Resilience,
Effort: Strategies for Closing
the Achievement Gaps
National Education Association
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 
Cultural Competence Matrix  PESB
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 
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 
Web Resource 
NASP Multicultural Resources and Publications  National Association of School 
Web Resource 
Model Programs for Dropout Prevention  National Dropout Prevention 
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
Education Northwest  Web Resource 
Early Warning Systems  National High School Center   Web Resource 
Cultural Competency Resources  Education Northwest  Web Resource
Cultural Competency Workshop  Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)  Webinar 
Evidence-Based Practices for 
Linguistically Diverse Students 
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.