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Mind the (Other) Gap!: The Growing Excellence Gap in K-12 Education

Abstract

"A new report from the Indiana University Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) finds that achievement gaps among high ability students from different economic, racial, and linguistic backgrounds in the U.S. are large and growing, and some of the top achieving groups aren't performing as well as in the past. "Mind the (Other) Gap!: The Growing Excellence Gap in K-12 Education" is a comprehensive study of student achievement test results from every state by CEEP, a center of the Indiana University School of Education. The report estimates it could take 72 years to close the gap between whites and Hispanics in grade four mathematics; 31 years to close the gap between whites and blacks; and 128 years to close the gap between grade four English Language Learners (ELL) and non-ELL students. The report defines the "excellence gap" as the difference in the proportion of students in different demographic groups who score at the advanced level on student achievement tests. The report analyzes the state-by-state results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), nicknamed "The Nation's Report Card," which assesses subject-matter knowledge for students in grades four, eight, and twelve across the country, as well as state assessments."

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