Office of Shared Accountability Reports

Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Montgomery County Public Schools: Characteristics of Middle Schools With Sustained Success


This study identified characteristics of middle schools with sustained success in narrowing the achievement gap between Asian American and White students and African American and Hispanic students. Members of the teaching staff at each middle school completed an online survey about a variety of school-level policies, strategies, and practices. The significant differences on survey items between middle schools that closed the gap and the remaining middle schools suggested three characteristic themes: school leadership for learning, teaching, and equity; teacher support for use of data; and school culture.


  • Collect information that is more detailed on the specific strategies, structures, and processes used by the middle schools that closed the gap to achieve their results.

    File Name: Brief Closing the Gap_Final.pdf (1MB PDF)