Home :: School Counselors :: Professional Development :: ASCA U Specialist Trainings :: Closing the Achievement Gap Specialist
Closing the Achievement Gap Specialist
Academic, behavior and attendance discrepancies, often referred to as gaps, can exist among student groups. Through targeted and intentional interventions, school counselors can play a crucial role in challenging bias and promoting success for all students, thus closing the achievement gap.

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to:
  • Identify achievement gaps based on school data
  • Design appropriate interventions addressing the identified achievement gap
  • Collect data and write results reports that accurately reflect the achievement gap addressed, the intervention provided and the intervention results
Earn the Closing the Achievement Gap Specialist designation to be best prepared to close the achievement gap in your school. The Closing the Achievement Gap Specialist training is $99 ($249 for nonmembers) and is equal to 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours.

To earn the Closing the Achievement Gap Specialist certificate, you will read/view the following materials and take a short quiz online about each to indicate mastery of the subject matter. Once you have passed all the quizzes, the CEUs will be posted to your CEU records online, and you’ll receive a certificate suitable for framing in the mail. It can take up to three weeks for your certificate to arrive. The Specialist designation is good for five years. Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately.  Additional Resources:
Teaching Tolerance
Educators for Social Responsibility
Center for Research on Education, Diversity, & Excellence
National Center for Children in Poverty
Teachers Against Prejudice
Lessons in Tolerance

How to Get Started
1. Register here to sign up for the Closing the Achievement Gap Specialist training. 

2, Read/view the above assignments. For the webinars and presentations some users may need to download the g2m4 codec to play archived webinar recordings.

3. Take the quizzes. Once you've registered for the training, log into the ASCA website, click on "My ASCA" and then click on "ASCA Quizzes." You must score 100 percent on each quiz to pass. You may take each quiz as many times as necessary. Please note, if you're working on a Mac, we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome rather than Safari for best interface with the quiz software. And if you're working on a PC and the quizzes aren't showing up properly, make sure your Internet browser is the most up-to-date version.