Inequality for All The Challenge of Unequal Opportunity in American Schools

ISBN-10: 0807753416

ISBN-13: 9780807753415

Edition: 2012

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Inequality for All makes an important contribution to current debates about economic inequalities and the growing achievement gap, particularly in mathematics and science education. The authors argue that the greatest source of variation in opportunity to learn is not between local communities, or even schools, but between classrooms. They zero in on one of the core elements of schooling—coverage of subject matter content—and examine how such opportunities are distributed across the millions of school children in the United States. Drawing on data from the third TIMMS international study of curriculum and achievement, as well as a six-district study of over 500 schools across the United States, they point to Common Core State Standards as being a key step in creating a more level playing field for all students.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 7/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Story and a Myth
Potential Consequences Related to Differences in Content Coverage
The American Myth of Educational Equality
The Difference that Schooling Makes
A Definition of Opportunity to Learn
The Role of Individual Responsibility in Education
The Need to Challenge the American Myth that Schooling Is Equal for All
Equality Versus Equity in Opportunities to Learn
The Role of OTL in Inequalities in American Education
The Inequalities that Permeate the American Educational System
One Indivisible Nation?
The Movement Toward Common Standards
The Clash of Two Great Traditions
The Consequences of Local Control of the Curriculum
Content Variation in State Standards
Content Variation Across Local Districts
Science Content Variation
The Consequences of State and Local Control of the Curriculum
Social Class, Race, and Equality of Opportunity
Variability in Learning Opportunities Related to Socioeconomic Status
Content Opportunities in Urban Districts
Inequality in 8th-Grade Mathematics Among Districts
Expectations Versus Implementation
Into the Classroom: The Content Opportunities Children Actually Experience
Content Coverage in Elementary Classrooms
Content Coverage in Middle School Classrooms
Social Class Differences in Learning Opportunities
Content Coverage in High School Classrooms
Content Coverage in Science
Classroom Variation
Tracking: Further Along the Road to Inequality
Tracking in Middle School
Tracking in High School
Science Tracking in High School
Tracking: What We Might Do
Contributors to Inequality in Content Coverage: The Role of Organizational Structure
School-Level Differences
The Role of States, Districts, Schools, and Classrooms Related to Inequalities in Content Coverage
Variations in IGP Due to Different Organizational Levels of the Educational System
Variation for Specific Topics
The Role of Tracking
Implications Related to Inequalities in Content Coverage
Factors that Shape Content Coverage and Increase Inequality
The Influence of Teachers on Opportunities to Learn
The Mathematics Content Knowledge that Teachers Should have
What Teachers Tell us About their Knowledge of Mathematics
Why Teachers Feel so Poorly Prepared
The Effects of Teachers' Mathematics Knowledge on Opportunities to Learn
The Role of Textbooks and Tests
Textbooks: The Potentially Implemented Curriculum
Mathematics Textbooks
The Topics Included in Science Textbooks
Textbook Factors that Influence the Quality of Learning Opportunities
Assessments and Tests
A Last Thought on the Influence of Textbooks and Tests
Facing the Consequences
Content Coverage Matters
Achievement Around the World
Classroom-Level Analysis and U.S. Achievement
Relating Tracking to Achievement
Relating Inequalities in Content Coverage to Achievement
From Inequality to Equality: The Road We Must Follow
What is and What has Been
What Can be
Data Sources Used in this Book
Mathematics Content Topics
Science Content Topics
Notes
References
Index
About the Authors
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