Achievement Gap- Right now there is a great difference between the test scores of minority and/or low-income students and the test scores of their White and Asian peers. It’s necessary to review strategies and propose solutions for closing the achievement gap. FCPS board has not reduced this gap for decades, particularly in the Hispanic community. ESOL has cost hundred thousand dollars for decades with no improvement.

Evaluating policies and practices to ensure that they are improving student outcomes can inform the allocation of resources. Shifting resources to the programs or practices with the greatest evidence of effectiveness can maximize students’ chances of success. Improving student achievement, however, does not necessarily mean spending more on education. In fact, there are tremendous efficiencies to be achieved by serving students well at the outset and each step along their school career.