The Introduction gives an overview of the major issues and topics addressed. In this book, the anatomy of underachievement problems is structured around the themes of excellence, equity, accountability, and globality. Discussing socioeconomic changes and educational policy shifts, the book provides a new framework of research and policy on achievement gaps, one that supports the broader notion of accountability for simultaneous pursuit of both excellence and equity. In the Balanced Achievement Gap Management System (BAGMS) model, gaps define opportunities for growth and tap into unrealized potential. Although research in this book also focuses on academic achievement and educational attainment as key outcome variables, other important educational outcomes, such as the affective and behavioral domains of human development, are considered as correlates or predictors of academic achievement. The longitudinal and multilevel data used are described, and the utilities and limitations of this research are discussed.
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