To improve the student achievement gap, target the teacher development gap: UAlberta prof

April 4, 2018

The achievement gap – a measurable difference between Indigenous student success rates in school and overall student success rates – is an issue that many leaders wish to resolve. However, many critics and commentators have pointed out that a failure to address racism, history, and knowledge gaps in the education system may hinder the ability to close this gap. University of Alberta Associate Professor Rebecca Sockbeson explains that racism is one of the main reasons Indigenous students leave school early. “We need to back up from that question and think,” said Sockbeson, who explained that the term achievement gap tended to put a focus on the students instead of the system. “It’s really a teacher development gap.” The Edmonton Journal goes on to highlight concerns about how well prepared Alberta’s teachers will be for the new expectations that will take effect in September 2019, and how various school boards are attempting to handle racism and a lack of knowledge at their schools. Edmonton Journal