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Is the Achievement Gap in Indiana Narrowing?


"A recent research report by Derek Neal, a University of Chicago economist, indicates the progress toward closing the achievement gap between African American and white students in the United States was stagnant between 1990 and 2000. The report suggests that in light of the recent trends, student achievement gaps may persist for much of the 21st century (Neal, 2005). In this Special Report, the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University examines the factors that contribute to student achievement gaps, defines the scope of the achievement gaps that exist in Indiana, evaluates whether these gaps are narrowing or will persist as Neal suggests, and offers strategies that have been identified as best practices in closing the gaps. Additionally, the perspectives of Dr. Suellen Reed, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and three local school officials highlight effective practices and necessary strategies that will ensure sound educational opportunities for all students."