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Can American schools close the achievement gaps?

March 7, 2016

Excerpt from an OUPblog article, published on 29th January, by Jaekyung Lee, Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He is the author of The Anatomy of Achievement Gaps: Why and How American Education is Losing (but can still Win) the War on Underachievement, which is now available on Oxford Scholarship Online.

The Anatomy of Achievement Gaps: Why and How American Education is Losing (but can still Win) the War on Underachievement

 "Currently, the United States is at war and the nation’s future can be at risk. It’s the war on student achievement gaps, one that has waged for decades and proven extremely difficult to fight and complex to understand. Is American education system losing its war on achievement gaps? Can American schools and colleges still win the war on underachievement? Why and how?

The war on achievement gaps is the ubiquitous challenge of discovering and realizing untapped potential for all students. More than half of American students’ academic growth potential has been lost over the past several decades. Although underachievement prevails due to inadequate and inequitable learning environments in both homes and schools, the American education system has strengths and can still win the war on achievement gaps."

Discover more: Read more in Jaekyung's article 'Can American schools close theachievement gap?'. The first chapter of The Anatomy of Achievement Gaps is now freely available until the end of March. Get access to the full text of this book, as well as almost 600 Psychology titles from Oxford University Press, by recommending OSO to your librarian today.