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

Jaekyung Lee


Revealing that more than half of American students’ academic growth potential has been lost over the past several decades, this book reframes the war on achievement gaps as the ubiquitous challenge of discovering and realizing untapped potential for all students. The book extends the scope of analysis from the K-12 to the B-P-16 (from birth through college) education pipeline and from domestic racial/social group comparisons to international comparisons with a focus on South Korea. Through integrated analyses of national and international datasets, the book provides new evidence on the status ... More

Keywords: achievement gap, underachievement, potential, excellence, equity, accountability, B-P-16 education, education policy, education reform, comparative education, international education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190217648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaekyung Lee, author
Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Buffalo

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