By 4th grade, African-American and Latino students are, onaverage, nearly three academicyears behind their white peers.
Only 10% of students at Tier 1colleges (146 most selective) comefrom the bottom half of the income distribution.
Barely half of African-American, Latino, and Native American students graduate fromhigh school, with African American students graduating at 54%, Latinos at 56%, Native Americans at 51% and their white counterparts at 77%.
WHAT IS SFER?a network of universities and individuals acrossthe United States dedicated to educationalequityhas a mission to “mobilize the next generationof leaders on college campuses to close theachievement gap and ensure an excellenteducation for all children.”http://www.google.com/imgres?q=closing+the+achievement+gap&num=10&um=1&hl=en&biw=1188&bih=635&tbm=isch&tbnid=voRqOD5fft-VPM:&imgrefurl=http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/gap&docid=gH- Q66OEvhQMBM&w=2200&h=600&ei=ZlFoTs6MLMPniALZ2Nj8Aw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=303&sqi=2&page=1&tbnh=53&tbnw=195&start=0&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0&tx=122&ty=21
WHAT DO SFER MEMBERS DO?act as policy advocates: SFER members supportpro-student state legislation while learning aboutthe “politics of education reform”raise campus awareness: SFER members host guestspeakers, table, and host educational events suchas ﬁlm screenings and “dinner discussions” wheremembers can discuss issues in ed reform andoptional or assigned reading- often with invitedprofessors, graduate, or undergraduate students
collaborate with other campus SFER groups as wellas work with the national organization and itspartners, the Done Waiting Coalition and NationalSchool Choice Weekvisit schools at high performing schools intraditionally disadvantaged or low-performingdistricts including: Excel Academy, Roxbury Prep,KIPP RISE Academy, KIPP SPARK, North StarAcademy, and Harlem Children’s Zone PromiseAcademy, among others.
WHAT DOES SFER BELIEVE?SFER Believes in High Expectations“We believe that all students, regardless of race orbackground, are capable of achieving at a high level.While we recognize the challenges of poverty, webelieve that a great education is the ﬁrst step for astudent to succeed — a school must not abandon itsprimary mission of providing an excellent educationfor its students.” http://www.studentsforedreform.org/about/what-we-believe/
SFER Believes in Quality School Options andCommunity Engagement“We believe that parents and students should be able toselect excellent schools that enable students to becomeactive, informed citizens. Parents and students deserveaccess to meaningful information about the quality of theirlocal schools, and school systems must provide parentsand community members with avenues to participate intheir children’s education.” http://www.studentsforedreform.org/about/what-we-believe/
SFER Believes in Rigorous Standards andMeaningful Assessment “We believe that students deserve clear, high standardsand rigorous, meaningful assessment to accompany aculture of high expectations. We believe that transparentand effective use of data can give teachers vital informationabout how to meet individual student needs. However, webelieve assessment should be a means, and not an end, tostudent learning.” http://www.studentsforedreform.org/about/what-we-believe/
SFER Believes in Great Teachers and Leaders“We believe that great teachers and leaders are central to athriving school, and as students, we value our teachersenormously. We believe that great teachers deserve to berespected and recognized, and that teaching our nation’schildren is a privilege, not a right. We believe that schoolsand school systems must have the ability to attract,support, and retain the best teachers possible.” http://www.studentsforedreform.org/about/what-we-believe/
BE PART OF THE MOVEMENT http://www.studentsforedreform.org/http://www.educationequalityproject.org/http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/ http://www.uncommonschools.org/ http://www.kipp.org/
Sun Devils for Education Equity! CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN BECOME A MEMBER OF SFER ASU!