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  1. Robert

    I certainly agree that “Schools Alone Cannot Close Achievement Gap.” There are most definitely “out-of-school factors that affect academic performance.”

    As the article notes, “a more than 20-point gap between white and Hispanic students G on National Assessment of Educational Progress tests in reading and mathematics has not changed significantly since 1990, and the gaps between black and white students have followed a similar pattern. Recent work has highlighted increases in the gaps among children of different income levels. Achievement gaps show up before children enter kindergarten….”
    Thus, even the most uninformed reader must realize that the various forms of intervention etc. have not worked to close the achievement gap. In some cases, the gap has increased.

    As I scanned the article, I noticed that non-environmental factors were not addressed. If we are really interested in helping to raise the achievement levels of these students, we need to find the primary cause of their academic problems. Non-environmental factors are almost certainly a major contributor to gap.
    1. If I am correct, we would see intervention programs that have consistently failed to close the gap. Additionally, many of the government and private efforts to help minorities are actually making things worse. If I am correct, things are getting worse for many minorities – especially blacks.
    2. If I am incorrect, government programs are working and the achievement gap has disappeared. Also, black communities – especially those of the inner cities – have low crime, virtually no illegal drugs, no gang violence, and everyone is happy and healthy.


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