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  • Closing the Achievement Gap: Two Views from Current Research
    Compares the findings and recommendations of two studies on minority student achievement. From the ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education.
  • Education Commission of the States: Closing the Achievement Gap
    ECS Issue Site that addresses the problem of the academic achievement gap between white and minority students. Find readings, research summaries, and statistical information on the causes and effects of the gap. Also includes links to related issues.
  • Educational Research Service: What Can Schools Do to Reduce the Achievement Gap?
    Overview of the achievement gap in schools. Includes a summary of causes and possible solutions. Part of the ERS On the Same Page series.
  • The Achievement Gap
    Forbes article about the achievement gap between African Americans and non-blacks. Discusses how economics affects the problem. By Tim Harford.
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
    Also known as "the Nation's Report Card," it is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas such as reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts.
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Closing the Achievement Gap
    Position statement of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) on closing the achievement gap.
  • National School Boards Association: Class and the Classroom
    Article about the achievement gap between poor and middle-class black and white children in American schools. By Richard Rothstein.
  • PBS: Closing the Achievement Gap (2004)
    PBS documentary by Clarence Page that explores the achievement gap in American schools. Features Amistad Academy, a charter school in New Haven, Connecticut that is closing the gap.
  • U.S. Department of Education: Achievement Gap
    Read reports from the U.S. Department of Education about how No Child Left Behind (NCLB) provides stronger accountability to close the achievement gap in public schools.
  • Wikipedia: Achievement Gap
    Explains the achievement gap between the educational performance of groups of students. Includes graphs showing test scores grouped by race. Also discusses reforms to combat the gap.

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