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ERIC Number: EJ910148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Closing the Achievement Gap: Gifted Education Must Join the Battle
Ford, Donna Y.
Gifted Child Today, v34 n1 p31-34 Win 2011
In this article, the author summarizes a relatively recent report that has taken the road less traveled by focusing on the achievement gap among high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds (Wyner, Bridgeland, & DiIulio, 2007). Although the report does not focus on minority students directly or exclusively, these students nonetheless represent an important population by default. Stated another way, half of Hispanic students and Black students are from low-income environments, and thus they must be included in the studies and reports. A major premise of this article, a position that the author holds strongly to, is that closing the achievement gap is not impossible, but it is also not an easy or quick fix. Commitment is essential--efforts must be deliberate, focused/targeted, and systematic. Undergirding all efforts must be concern, compassion, courage, commitment, collaboration, and the desire for change. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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