Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Interdisciplinary Studies


Vernon J. Hurte

Committee Members

Anne H. Charity Hudley

Joseph Galano


A Virginia school was studied to determine the extent of the Achievement Gap between its black and white students as well as what efforts were being taken in the school system to raise minority achievement. Interviews were conducted among teachers, principals, and faculty of the school system to gather information. A literature review was also conducted to examine the achievement gap nationally to see what effective initiatives have been used to mitigate the phenomenon nationally and to see which ones might be applicable to the local school system being studied. The study concluded that the achievement gap has been narrowing over the last 8 years but the drop-out rate for African Americans is still very high. Response to Intervention is a promising initiative being used to raise student achievement and a few dropout programs identified by the What Works Clearinghouse may be applicable to the local school system.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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