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Journal Article: Achievement Gap vs. Acceleration

Categories

Education, Acceleration (Education), Ability and achievement

Authors

Johnsen, Susan

Published

2004, Fall

Abstract

The federal government's use of the phrase "achievement gap" to encourage policy, legislation, and state assessments is contrary to what educators in gifted education know is important to challenging gifted and talented students--acceleration. Although all children should be achieving at a level commensurate with their abilities, or at least at a minimum competency level, the concept of an "achievement gap" creates a "ceiling" so that the gap is reduced but at the expense of gifted and talented children, particularly those in urban school districts.

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