Curriculum, Instructional, and Academic Rigor


School-level academic factors clearly influence children’s academic achievement and can help close the achievement gap. Such factors include an effective and challenging curriculum, instructional rigor, and strong teacher preparation. Although the extent to which such factors close the gap is contested, scholars have begun to evaluate specific curricula, academic programs such as the International Baccalaureate, and teaching practices, for their ability to level the playing field. This library brings together research articles, reports, and books related to the evaluation of specific curriculums and the relationship between academic and instructional rigor and academic achievement.