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Journal Article: Which Achievement Gap?

Categories

ACHIEVEMENT gap, EDUCATION -- Curricula, UNITED States. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, ACADEMIC achievement, MINORITIES -- Education, EDUCATIONAL psychology, STUDENTS -- Social conditions, EDUCATION -- United States

Authors

Anderson, Sharon; Medrich, Elliott; Fowler, Donna

Published

2007

Publisher

Phi Delta Kappa International

Abstract

The article explores the nature of the achievement gap and its relationship to Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The author suggests that while racial elements are certainly present, the common understanding of the gap should extend beyond racial reconciliation and aim at all students which struggle in documented areas. It is implied that the NCLB and AYP set up unfair comparisons between schools at different levels of development. Paradigms for redefining the successful closing of the achievement gap are given.

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