Rigor And Low Income Schools Essay

1480 WordsOct 15, 20166 Pages
With an increase in rigor in classrooms throughout the United States, there is often the question of its effects for students in low income schools. In addition to the school setting, rigor is also a key factor in quality education. But, will rigor have an impact on these students in high poverty areas? Or will this increased rigor lead to added frustration? In recent years, it has been found that if the level of rigor is increased in the classroom, students of all backgrounds will show improvement on standardized tests. However, due to achievement gaps in low income schools, in comparison to more affluent schools, the level of rigor will require adjustments to meet the needs of the population. Background Since entering education, rigor has been the focus of quality instruction. Rigor is defined as, “creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, and each is supported so he or she can learn at high level, and each student demonstrates learning at high level.” (Blackburn, 2008). Rigor is, essentially, creating a learning environment where students are expected to think at higher levels. This occurs through asking and answering questions and applying newly learned skills. Students are also expected to struggle, but in a nurturing environment where they are acquiring the skill by doing so. In addition to creating an environment that fosters higher level learning, there are other necessary components to rigor in the classroom.
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