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Schools - February 15, 2012

Achievement gap a focus at board meeting

The achievement gap — the difference in academic performance between students with socio-economic advantages and students without them — comes up for an extended discussion by the board of the Sequoia Union High School District on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. in the district office at 480 James Ave. in Redwood City.

A Sequoia board retreat in January produced four priorities: address the achievement gap, enhance teacher effectiveness, systematically examine career technical education (CTE) courses, and re-examine the district's resources as they relate to these priorities.

A staff report notes board member Chris Thomsen proposing seven "essential questions" to be considered in Wednesday's achievement-gap discussion and for the board going forward. Among them:

• What activities are specifically meant to address the gap? Which have met with the most success?

• What are the best achievement-gap-reducing practices out there? What does the research show?

• What are the goals for the board as apart from teachers and staff?

Another question on the agenda: Does the board feel a need to have such sets of essential questions for the district's other three priorities?

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