reports indicate that a “digital divide” exists between middle/upper class
students and students from low-income families. AND 1.2 What schools can do to
help narrow the access gap that could lead to the most underserved
students being economically disadvantaged in the future? AND
1.3 As a teacher, how would you integrate technology into your lessons
(technology as a tool for effective teaching) and deal with the digital
divide issues? (please propose at least three strategies for each
and elaborate on them) [A good
question to reflect upon during pandemic]
In a large, inner city neighborhood, an elementary/middle school principal faced a serious problem. Her teachers had implemented a variety of assessments including performances, portfolios, presentations, projects, research papers, and so on. Students seemed to respond well to these different measures, and grades went up. Parents and teachers alike were pleased with these assessment efforts until the district-wide standardized test results were published. Surprisingly, the scores for students in grades four through eight stayed the same. There was little improvement in the reported scores compared with scored from the prior year. Because the inner-city school scored lower than the district average, it was placed on a watch list. The local papers decried the school’s instruction and demanded change.
4. What are some of the reasons that could account for the supposed improvement in students’ grades even though the standardized tests showed little achievement growth?