Student Achievement Essay

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Each year, children are failing in school. As the years progress, the number of children failing keep rising. In "Closing the Achievement Gap", Kati Haycock, the Director of the Education Trust at the American Association for Higher Education, states " Between 1970 and 1988, the achievement gap between African American and white students was cut in half, and the gap separating Latinos and whites declined by one-third. That progress came to a halt around 1988, however, and since that time, the gaps have widened" (6). As a result, people are doing studies and have come up with several theories that exist on how to address the achievement gap. These ideas have been categorized below to establish the issue to show causes…show more content…
In "Race and the Achievement Gap", he uses a study from the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations to show that African Americans were 4.5 times less likely to be found in schools ranked low in math and reading (Berlak 2). He claims due to those statistics that students of color are not opted to have the "gifted and talented" school programs, which affects both the test score gap and the gap in academic performance (Berlak 2). Amy L. Wax, Professor of Law for The University of Virginia School of Law, on the other hand, shows a different cause in failure. She does not share the same views with Steele or Berlak. In her article, "The Threat in the Air", she states, "We resist confronting the social and behavioral causes of short falls in academic performance. Stark differences between groups in marriage rates, family stability, paternal involvement, parenting practices and discipline, and other habits and values, are associated with children's disparate academic success." (Wax 2). Wax also uses the idea that causes for failures are "emotional", rather than undeveloped learning (Wax 2). Even though Steele, Berlak, and Wax have touched on the causes, there are consequences that always follow. Consequences for Students Why Are Not Achieving Consequences are a major part of today's society. Every
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