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Achievement Gap Closes; Student Performance Increases

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor school officials say the student achievement gap is shrinking, even as overall student performance is improving.
District officials presented the updated student achievement report to the school board Wednesday night, and outlined programs and initiatives aimed at further improving student achievement.
School board President Karen Cross says she knows work remains, but is pleased to see progress.
Cross says no single program can solve the achievement gap that exists for minorities and students from lower economic backgrounds.
Some of the district's new efforts include strengthening the connection between pre-school and K-5, a new literacy handbook and advisory guide, and more personalized counseling and learning experiences at the high school level.