I was part of a live online chat today at MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette. The transcript of the chat comments and my responses can be found here.
The chat was based on testimony I recently presented to the Kalamazoo School Board. The testimony argued that in order to overcome the large achievement gap between low-income students and other students, schools would have to receive substantial extra funds per low-income student. I argued that the research evidence indicates that the required extra funds per low-income student would be at least 60%.
I hasten to add that in order to close the achievement gap, these extra funds would have to be use highly productive programs. By “highly productive”, I mean programs that have strong research evidence that they improve student achievement substantially per dollar spent.
Among these highly productive programs is high quality preschool. I argued that by 3rd grade, high-quality preschool for low-income students could close at least one-third of the achievement gap.