Red Clay trying to close achievement gap

By Michelle Provencher 11:33pm, September 18, 2013 - Updated 9:32am, September 19, 2013
Michelle Provencher talks to Red Clay Consolidated School District Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty about closing the achievement gap.
Test scores from last year were on the table at the Red Clay school board meeting Wednesday night, and the results reveal an achievement gap.

Michelle Provencher reports.

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Slowly but surely the percentage of Red Clay students meeting proficiency standards is rising, but how can the achievement gap improve faster?

That's what the Red Clay school board debated at their monthly meeting.

The achievement gap is the difference in performance between groups of students, and the data suggests it can start as early as the kindergarten and first grade level.

Red Clay Superintendent Dr. Mervin Daugherty says at the meeting that "our children are falling behind" and he wants to see greater growth in test scores.

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"We are starting to close the achievement gap in some areas, but not at a faster rate. And so what we're trying to do is work with our schools, work with our students and close that gap to where we see learning increase at a faster pace."

Dr. Daugherty points to English Language Learners and kids transferring in from other states as students who often need a hand catching up.

I'm Michelle Provencher, 1150 AM WDEL.

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