Closing the Achievement Gap in Rural Districts

REL Central facilitated a session with Missouri superintendents at the Missouri Association of Rural Education/K-8 Fall Conference in Lake Ozark, MO on October 21, 2016.

Dr. Shelley H. Billig from REL Central facilitated a session with three superintendents whose districts were among the seven identified by the Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE) as making progress towards closing the achievement gap in English language arts and math between Free or Reduced Price Lunch (FRL) and non-FRL students over a 6-year period from 2009-2010 to 2014-2015. Mr. John McColloch, Superintendent, Salem R-80 School District; Dr. Jeff Dodson, Superintendent, North Wood School District R-IV; and Dr. Jim Bogle, Superintendent, Gasconade C-4 School District presented on practices that led to gap closure. Practices included developing measurable learner objectives (MLOs); emphasizing achievement gap closure in Comprehensive School Improvement Plans (CSIPs); developing a culture of customer service for all stakeholders to support students; implementing a student intervention system; and increasing family and community involvement.