NEA Research, Tools and Talking Points

Research on Closing Achievement Gaps
  • The Workplace Matters: Teacher Quality, Retention, and Effectiveness (2006)
    Workplace Matters Summary (PDF, 315KB, 6pp); Workplace Matters Full Report (PDF, 505KB, 32pp)
    Schools serving large student populations with achievement gaps may also have trouble retaining teachers. Author Susan Moore Johnson describes what research says about workplace conditions that support effective instruction and professional growth. It also suggests that more talented teachers can be retained through improvements in workplace conditions, particularly at hard-to-staff schools.
Tools for Closing Achievement Gaps

Diversity Toolkit (2008)
The Toolkit is an educator’s guide to tools and resources that foster inclusion in the classroom and workplace. It provides basic information, a short list of strategies and tools, and suggestions for how to find out more.

Closing Achievement Gaps: An Association Guide (2006) ( PDF, 743KB, 110pp)
This report offers strategies for closing achievement gaps and provides examples of advocacy in action at the state, local, and national levels. It covers partnerships; research-based bargaining strategies; model legislative proposals; professional development materials; organizing strategies; and success stories from state and local affiliates.

Talking Points on Issues Affecting Achievement Gaps
  • High School Attendance, Graduation, Completion and Dropout Statistics  (2006)
    This research-based brief fills in the blanks on who stays and who goes, the benefits of a GED, and provides information on both the personal and societal costs of dropping out. It also highlights linked references for more information on the subject.
  • Small Schools (2005)
    This brief lists key research facts about small schools, including their bigger benefits to disadvantaged students. Benefits to all have been found to include raised student achievement, increased attendance, and improved school climate.
  • English Language Learners (2005)
    This brief of research-based talking points discusses the number and types of English language learners, or “ELLs,” in schools, the specific challenges they face, what kind of programs are available to them, and how well they are doing academically.
  • High School Reform (2005)
    This brief discusses findings from a research review of national and state trends in high school reform, including sets of characteristics that high performing high schools share in common, such as a focus on closing achievement gaps.
  • Collective Bargaining for Improved Student Achievement: A Missed Opportunity   
    Bill Raabe, director of the National Education Association’s Collective Bargaining & Member Advocacy Department, makes a point that collective bargaining and improving student achievement aren’t mutually exclusive.