Journal Article: Gap or Gaps: Challenging the Singular Definition of the Achievement Gap


MINORITIES -- Education, ACHIEVEMENT gap, ACADEMIC achievement, STUDENTS -- Economic conditions, EDUCATION -- Research, EDUCATIONAL statistics, AFRICAN American students, STUDENTS -- United States, NATIONAL Center for Education Statistics, achievement gaps, NELS


Carpenter Ii, Dick M.; Ramirez, Al; Severn, Laura




For decades, researchers examined the ‘achievement gap’ between minority and nonminority students. This singular definition of achievement gap ignores important within-group differences. This article uses National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS:88) data to examine within-group differences and compares those across Latino, African American, and White populations. Results question the singular definition of achievement gap. Given the importance of how issues are defined, a singular definition of achievement gap may mean current policies miss the mark in raising achievement levels between and within groups. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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