Black-White Achievement Gap

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Black-White Achievement gap The difference between various demographic groups of students is commonly referred to as the “achievement gap.” Throughout the United States, an achievement gap between whites and black continue to persist at all levels of schooling, from elementary school to any higher education. Many of the reasons and solutions for minority underperformance remain uncertain. Parental involvement, family background, desegregation of schools, cultural capital and other factors produce a moderate decline in the achievement gap. However, more than half of the gap remains unexplained. Our society remain with a long history of racism, segregation and low expectations for African American children, and the public education system has not sufficiently responded to resolve this situation. The segregation of African American and Caucasian children in the early 1960's continues to have an overwhelming effect on the achievement levels of student. There are issues of socioeconomic class that play an important role in achievement levels. In recent years this Achievement gap has increased significantly as the inequality between the rich and the poor have also widened. Since there are such differences between the wealthy and the poor in this country there're also large differences in the system of education from place to place. Throughout the years many have tried different solutions to attempt to close the gap. Under the Bush administration the No Child Left Behind Act was developed to address the Achievement gap. Since this Act, there has been a large amount of conflict concerning both the completion and the impact that the act has actually had on the achievement gap as it relates to Black and White students. This continuing challenge is deeply harmful to the African American community, to our state, our nation, and our democracy. Lower rates of
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