ERIC Number: ED489769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb-28
Reference Count: N/A
Generational Change: Closing the Test Score Gap
Peterson, Paul E., Ed.
Rowman & Littlefield Education
In the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger University of Michigan Law School affirmative action case, Sandra Day O'Connor declared on behalf of the majority of justices that, "We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary." As this amounts to no less than a mandate that affirmative action for college admissions must end by the year 2028, the research in this book examines the progress that must be made in the one generation to fully close the black-white test score gap. The authors draw upon the best available research in considering a broad range of policy alternatives--accountability, school choice, preschool programs, and greater resource commitments--to identify what is most likely to create an educational system that enables all students, regardless of their racial and economic background, to achieve at equal levels. The result is an historic volume that will shape the debate over education reform for years to come. This book contains eight chapters: (1) Toward the Elimination of Race Differences in Educational Achievement (Paul E. Peterson); (2) How Families and Schools Shape the Achievement Gap (Derek Neal); (3) Putting Education into Preschools (Ron Haskins); (4) Losing Ground at School (Ronald G. Fryer, Jr. and Steven D. Levitt); (5) Lessons Learned from School Desegregation (David J. Armor); (6) Early Returns from School Accountability (Eric A. Hanushek and Margaret E. Raymond); (7) School Choice by Mortgage or Design (Patrick J. Wolf); and (8) Many Causes, No Easy Solutions (Chester E. Finn, Jr).
Descriptors: Educational Change, Affirmative Action, Equal Education, Educational Policy, African American Students, White Students, Racial Bias, Academic Achievement, Family Influence, Preschool Education, Accountability, School Desegregation, School Choice, Socioeconomic Status
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A040043