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ERIC Number: ED562611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Addressing Excellence Gaps in K-12 Education. Position Statement
National Association for Gifted Children
Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, a major objective of federal and state education policy has been to narrow K-12 achievement gaps. This position statement notes that the available data suggest that the singular focus on the most struggling learners has resulted in meaningful progress in closing minimum-competency achievement gaps. However, at the same time, schools have not addressed gaps between groups of students at advanced levels of achievement, commonly referred to as "excellence gaps." Reducing and eventually eliminating excellence gaps is an issue of equity and social justice, community development, economic advancement, and national security. This position statement from the National Association for Gifted Children provides recommendations and calls on policymakers and educators to set a goal of closing achievement gaps at every level of achievement.
National Association for Gifted Children. 1331 H Street NW Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-785-4268; Fax: 202-785-4248; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for Gifted Children
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001