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The Achievement Gap - Closing the Gap: An Overview

Abstract

"This Infobrief is the first in a series that will focus on the achievement gap. The intent of the series is to provide guidance for policymakers and practitioners seeking to institutionalize processes that successfully address achievement gap issues.

"The Achievement Gap - Closing the Gap: An Overview" seeks first to examine what the gap is, as a statistical construct, and to present what educational research has determined about its many causes, outside of schools as well as within. Such an examination will hopefully lead to a deeper understanding of what is needed to close the gap-namely, a comprehensive set of strategies that consider the whole child: developmental years, physical and emotional health, and supportive family and community structures, as well as schooling issues."

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