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Bridging the Gap: Minority student achievement

Bridging the Gap: Minority student...

WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. - Despite the fact that students in Worcester County are scoring big on Maryland's standardized test PARCC, there's one group that still needs help. 

Minorities aren't scoring well in the math and reading portions of the exam but school administrator Shirleen Church thinks parents can make a difference.

"I just think we should develop a really strong partnership, not just with the NAACP but also with the parents and try to do some outreach activities."

That's why the County is meeting with non-profits and the community to help encourage parent involvement. 

The County's campaign resonates with other educators on Delmarva like former high school teacher Garland Hayward. 

He says Worcester has the right idea by turning to parents to close the gap.

"There's a natural bond between the child and their parent. So I can teach them --technology can teach them but if the parent would get involved and just listen them just talk to them then the child is apt to believe what's being taught."

Reading outside of school hours is a crucial piece to this puzzle according to Church and Hayward agrees.

"Reading is very important. I think students need to take more time to do reading. After their school hour they have to take time to get a book." 

At a meeting planned Thursday night, Worcester school leaders say they plan to share the district's triumphs and highlight its woes, hoping to inspire parents to get engaged. 

"We'll also talk about some challenges, with the achievement gap with the PARCC assessment with AP enrollment. More importantly I will talk about what parents can do."

Hayward says its vital for parents to make it a point to visit their child's school at least four times every year. 

He adds that student success is a collaborative effort that includes parents.

 


 


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