Reframing the Achievement Gap

This article was written by Robert Evans, Ed.D. The achievement gap, the persistent disparity between the performance of African American and Hispanic students and that of white and Asian American students, is perhaps the most stubborn, perplexing issue confronting American schools.  Closing the gap is widely seen as important not just to our educational system but ultimately to our economy, our social stability, and our moral health as a nation. The conventional wisdom has it that the achievement gap is a school problem. This belief is invitingly simple, allowing a…

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