The Post and Courier: South Carolina’s public Montessori programs can bridge achievement gap

November 7, 2018 | Photograph courtesy of The Post and Courier

Members of the Riley Institute Team, Drs. Brooke Culclasure and David Fleming, wrote for The Post and Courier about Montessori programs bridging the achievement gap in South Carolina. The piece acknowledges research done by the Riley Institute comparing public Montessori schools with demographically matched students in traditional public schools.

“With the 2018-19 school year underway, our state has a lot to celebrate in public education. The work that began with the 1984 passage of Gov. Dick Riley’s S.C. Education Improvement Act has yielded much progress, including a sharp increase in high school graduation rates. But challenges remain.

Near the top of the list of concerns are the looming teacher shortage and the persistent gaps in student achievement and attainment along racial and economic lines.”

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