Mind the gaps

Gauging the Gaps, a new Education Trust report, warns that looking at achievement gaps is misleading.

For example, one might want to congratulate Oklahoma for having a small black-white gap in eighth-grade mathematics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). But a closer look shows that the gap is among the smallest in the country because Oklahoma’s white eighth-graders — the students at the top of this gap — are among the lowest performing white students in the country.

Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts and Texas have done the best at closing gaps and improving achievement, EdTrust reports. Vermont, which has little racial diversity, does well with low-income students.

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  1. Kevin Smith says:

    A school near mine has gotten big attention recently for “Closing the Gap”. Their white students and black students both score lower than the same groups in my school, the difference between the two is just less than ours. How is that something to celebrate?

  2. Harrison Bergeron has joined “Nineteen Eighty-Four” as a template instead of a cautionary tale.

  3. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Leave no child behind.

    Cancel the f***ing race.

  4. Kevin Smith says:

    I fear the previous two commentors are correct….

  5. Mike Curtis says:

    If you remove race from the equation, what “gap” are you measuring?

  6. Who’d dream that Oklahoma has the results Berkeley wants?


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