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Plan to address achievement gap must be more refined, trustees and parents say

Board, community members looking for a more data-driven document

The Palo Alto school board and community members urged district staff on Tuesday to move a draft plan to reduce the Palo Alto school district's achievement gap away from a "checklist of actions to be taken" to a more refined, data-driven document that keeps high level goals in mind.

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Posted by Gunn community
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jan 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm

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Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 11, 2017 at 11:54 am

john_alderman is a registered user.

Sara Woodham's comment was interesting, and goes to the core of the issue, not the schools, but the parents and culture.

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Sara Woodham, co-chair of parent-advocacy group Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), noted that her African-American children are included in statistics about black students in the school district, but aren’t among those who need targeted support.

“Whenever I look at the underachievement of black families in the district, there are not that many of us. If I peel out my kids … and other kids that i know who are doing fine because their parents are well-educated and can do oversight, that statistic is actually a whole lot worse for another set of kids,” she said.


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