Achievement Gaps: PAST AND PRESENT

Barton, Paul E.
March 2005
Principal;Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p12
This article examines the nature of minority achievement gaps, how they are measured, and how they can be narrowed. Based on extensive research, the author cites 14 factors that impact achievement of minority students. Student achievement gaps among racial and ethnic groups are large and persistent. They mirror gaps in life and school conditions that have been found to be closely related to cognitive development and school achievement. One way the size of the gap has been illustrated, using National Assessment of Educational Progress scores, is that the average eighth-grade minority students score about the same as the average while fourth-grade.


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