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RUNNING HEAD: ANALYZING DIVERSE STUDENTS’ LEARNING NEEDSAnalyzing Diverse Students’ Learning NeedsAshley CorriganAmerican College of Education- CI 5103
ANALYZING DIVERSE STUDENTS’ LEARNING NEEDS 2Meyer and Rhoades (2006), discuss the importance of a multicultural education so that “students from both genders and from diverse cultural, language, and ethnic groups will have an equal chance to experience school success” (p.83). African American students make up 6.5% of our student population, where 26.7% of students are white and 54% of students are Hispanic. When looking at academic progress on the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) Assessment and the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Assessment, there is a significant achievement gap between our African American students’ scores compared to our overall assessment scores. On the NWEA assessment, in the overall student group, 53.5% of students are meeting typical growth in reading and 50% of students are meeting typical growth in math. Our African American students are showing 45.5% meeting typical growth in reading and 39.5% of students meeting typical growth in math. More alarming, is the achievement gap when comparing the PARCC assessment scores. 26% of our overall student group are meeting or exceeding the expectations on this assessment in reading and 27% of our students are meeting or exceeding the expectations on this assessment in math. However, when looking at just our African American students, 13% of these students are meeting or exceeding the expectations in reading and only 9% of African American students are meeting or exceeding the expectations in math (ISBE, 2018). When looking at the data, there is a clear issue in our curriculum that is not meeting the needs of our African American students that needs to be addressed.Literature ReviewThe achievement gap between African American students and their peers from other ethnic backgrounds has been an ongoing issue throughout the country. According to Cowan Pitre(2014), an achievement gap is defined as when the difference in the average scores of two groups
ANALYZING DIVERSE STUDENTS’ LEARNING NEEDS 3is statistically significant (p.209). The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which has been administered since the 1960s, shows that the African American, Latino and American Indian student groups have shown the lowest levels of academic achievement. The