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Author(s):Carpenter, D., Ramirez, A., and Severn, L
Title:Gap or gaps? Challenging the singular definition of the achievement gap
Organization:Education and Urban Society
Short Description: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.
Annotation: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.
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Achievement Gap
African Americans
Elementary School
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Low-Income Students
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