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Title A Comparison of Approaches to Closing the Achievement Gap in Three Urban High Schools in Ohio.
Publication Date
Degree EdD
Discipline/Department College of Education
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher Ashland University
Abstract This dissertation addresses approaches to closing the achievement gap for urban public high schools. High school graduation rates have been increasing, both nationally and in Ohio; however, this is not the case for all students. The problem addressed in this research is that graduation rates of African-American and Hispanic students in Ohio were not increasing at the same rate as those of White students within the past decade. The literature review indicated that poverty was not always a predictor of lack of academic success. Through qualitative case study methodologies, this research explored how three urban public schools in Ohio made significant gains in improving the graduation rate of African-American and Hispanic students. Eighteen individuals were interviewed during the course of this study and their testimonies show that instructional strategies, academic interventions and building strong relationships with students were important in closing the achievement gap. The findings of this research include specific strategies and approaches that led to increased graduation rates. Additionally, this study provided participants, including African-American and Hispanic students, their parents, community leaders, and educators, an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns, and make valuable recommendations on how to continue to improve the education of underperforming African-American and Hispanic students in Ohio. The personal experiences of the participants in this study may help other public school district educators in the nation serving similar ethnic groups, gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities to closing the achievement gap.
Subjects/Keywords African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Multicultural Education; Secondary Education; Educational Leadership; Achievement gap; graduation rate; African American students; Hispanic students; high school students; equity; diversity; inclusion; disparities; Critical Race Theory; academic achievement; Ohio public schools; Florida public schools; civil rights
Contributors Wilson, Harold E. (Committee Chair); Olive, James (Committee Co-Chair)
Language en
Rights unrestricted ; This thesis or dissertation is protected by copyright: all rights reserved. It may not be copied or redistributed beyond the terms of applicable copyright laws.
Country of Publication us
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:ashland1512057091652516
Repository ohiolink
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2017-12-19
Grantor Ashland University

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