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Achievement Gap - Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education, New York University

Posted: 10/26/2017 4:09 PM

The term “achievement gap” is commonly used to describe the disparities in academic outcomes and variations on measures of academic performance that tend to correspond to the race and class backgrounds of students. Though such disparities are by no means new, in recent years the effort to “close the achievement gap” has become something of a national crusade. Politicians and private foundations have exhorted educators to take urgent steps to close the gap and put an end to this social scourge. Former president George W. Bush went so far as to accuse those who thought the gap could not be closed of practicing “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” While it is not clear what he meant by this, it is clear he strongly believed it could be done.

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