Achievement Gap Essay

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In the United States there are a lot of stereotypes about students of color. These stereotypes stem from facts regarding the current black-white achievement gap in education. Paige, Witty, Lynch, and Thernstrom give support on the facts of the achievement gap and why it still exists today. The achievement gap in education has also been discussed in many documentaries, including, “The Lottery” and “No Textbook Answer.” These two documentaries will be used to help answer the research question: Why does the achievement gap in education exist? This achievement gap is present before children even start school. Through slavery and legal segregation, today’s racialized social hierarchy, and personal views of educators, racial discrimination has become the basis for today’s black-white achievement gap in education. According to the Department of Education, the achievement gap refers to the observed disparity on a number of educational measures between the performance of groups of students, especially groups defined by race and ethnicity. It is measured by standardized tests required by the No Child Left Behind Act, GPA’s, high school dropout rates, and college completion and drop-out rates ( The No Child Left Behind act was put in place by George W. Bush in 2001. The act focuses on aid for disadvantaged students of every kind. It enforces and supports standard-based education and requires states to perform basic skills tests to certain age groups every year. There is a lot of controversy over this because tends show that teachers focus their curriculum on the information on the basic skills tests to ensure that their school continues to get government funding. This helps widen the achievement gap and hurt students of all backgrounds (Paige and Witty, YEAR; Kozol, YEAR; and Lynch, YEAR). Since before the No Child Left Behind Act was put in place, the National
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