Closing the Achievement Gaps and Raising Achievement for Special Education, Poverty Students, ELL Students, and Students of Color

  • December 07, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • NEIT East Greenwich Room S216-218
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Closing Achievement Gaps and Raising Achievement for Special Education, Minority, and Poverty Students,ELL Students and Students of Color 

NEIT, EAST GREENWICH CAMPUS ROOM S216-218

Registration 8:00am Workshop: 8:30am-3:30pm

Member (& Staff) Fee: $195, Non-Member Fee: $245

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOVEMBER 22nd 

In this workshop, you will learn 16 high-leverage, research- based strategies to close achievement gaps for special education and minority students. “The facts are clear in every state: our education system does far worse for special education students, low-income students, and students of color than for their white or more affluent peers”. (Education Trust, 2015) 

Dr. Ash will share with you how the Lexington Public Schools closed achievement gaps for special education and African American students. You will learn how you can significantly narrow and close achievement gaps, and hear about successful gap closing strategies from other schools in United States. These strategies have been shared with colleagues at the MASS and MSSAA conferences, and with educators throughout Massachusetts. Dr. Ash has shared these 16 high-leverage, research-based strategies with colleagues at Superintendent and Principal Conferences, and with school systems in New England.

In Lexington,

  • Grade 10 ELA Special Education MCAS scores increased from 79% proficient and advanced in 2010 to 100% in 2014; 
  • Grade 10 Special Education mathematics scores increased from 81% proficient and advanced in 2010 to 95% in 2014;
  • Grade 10 ELA African American MCAS scores increased from 43% proficient and advanced in 2007 to 100% in 2014;
  • Grade 10 African American mathematics scores increased from 68% proficient and advanced in 2007 to 96% in 2014; and
  • SAT scores for African American students increased by a total of 294 points on the writing, reading, and mathematics tests combined over a seven-year period.


Presenter: Dr. Paul Ash: retired as the Superintendent of Schools in Lexington, Massachusetts after 10 years. During his 42 year career, Paul has held a wide range of school leadership roles: Superintendent of Schools, Westwood, MA; Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Finance, and Administration, Wellesley, MA an Chair of the Legislation Committee, MA Association of School Superintendents. Paul’s contributions to the field have been recognized at the state and national level in human resources/labor relations, financial operations and professional development. He is the co-author of a highly acclaimed book, School Systems That Learn: Improving Professional Practice, Overcoming Obstacles, and Diffusing Innovation 


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