Native Village Youth and Education News

March 1, 2009 Issue 195 Volume 2


Researchers Propose Plan for Improving Native American Student Achievement 
Michael Pavel and Julie Titone
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Washington. Washington State University researchers say five steps are needed to improve Native American student success,

Their report, “From Where the Sun Rises: Addressing the Educational Achievement Gap of Native American Students in Washington State,” was commissioned by the Washington Legislature. It analyzes test results, successful education programs, comments from formal “listening sessions,” and comments from reservations and urban tribal communities. “The voices of the people validated the direction we need to take to reduce, and eliminate the achievement gap,” said Michael Pavel, WSU associate professor of education.

Their major recommendations are

 Improve relationships between public school districts and tribes, and help urban education programs integrate Native teaching and learning programs that benefit all children.
Creating college education courses, programs and professional development for teachers and school personnel that stress culturally appropriate methods.
 Improve the collection and reporting of Native student data to better inform policy and practice to promote student learning.
 Parener with the National Education Association to revise existing materials and resources that develop culturally competent school systems.
 Increase state support and collaboration for existing state programs. This includes expanding the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Indian Education Office.


The full report and summaries are available online:


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