Achievement Gap, of Students (GVRL)

This article went in many directions when trying to explain the cause of our Achievement Gap but I want to narrow it down to one in particular—socioeconomic status. Research has shown that there is no single influence on the Achievement Gap and it is nearly impossible say which issue should be addressed first; because everyone has different priorities. However, this particular article explicitly points out that almost all educational gaps “… indicate that socioeconomic status is a key indicator: that children from lower-income families tend not to do as well in school as their higher-income counterparts.” While the cause is clear, the remedy is not. The inability to access the same education as communities that have more funding continues to be a problem for students living in poverty. With that said, socioeconomic status undoubtedly plays a role in the success and/or failure of a student.


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English, Fenwick W. “Achievement Gap, of Students.” Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration. Ed. Fenwick W. English. Vol. 1. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference, 2006. 13-15. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.

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Opposing viewpoints on the Achievement Gap:

  1. Whitman, David. “Public Schools That Teach Character Help Close the Achievement Gap.” Should Character be Taught in School? Ed. Noël Merino. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. At Issue. Rpt. from “An Appeal to Authority: The New Paternalism in Urban Schools.” Education Next 8.4 (Fall 2008): 53-58. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.
  2. Davis, Jennifer. “Extended-Time Schools Benefit Students.” Year-Round Schools. Ed. Adriane Ruggiero. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. At Issue. Rpt. from “The Promise of Extended-Time Schools for Closing the Achievement Gap: A Speech to the National Association of Year-Round Education.” Massachusetts 2020. 2006. 2-15. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Feb. 2013
  3. Teske, Paul, Gabriel Kaplan, and Jody Fitzpatrick. “Members of All Social Classes Have Equal Access to Educational Information.” The Achievement Gap. Ed. Karen Miller. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from “‘The Information Gap?’: Academic Achievement.” Review of Policy Research 23 (Sept. 2006): 969-981. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.