Asheville City Schools recently prepared a slideshow looking at its student population, ethnicity, budget, achievement levels, achievement gap, how poverty correlates with learning levels, the effects of state cutbacks, strategies for improvement, plans for the future, hiring policies and improving digital literacy, including goal of placing a laptop compuiter in the hands of every student.
A couple highlights:
• Research shows that there’s no learning gap at age 1, but by age 3, low-income kids have fallen behind others.
• Low icome kids may out-learn high-income kids during the school year, but during the summer they fall behind. Virtually all the advantage that wealthy kids have over low-income kids is the result of differences in the way privileged kids learn while they are not in school.
The presentation was prepared by Asheville City Schools for CIBO, the Council of Independent Business Owners