The Black-White Achievement Gap

The Black-White Achievement Gap

Why Closing It Is the Greatest Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

Book - 2010
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Looks at the history, causes, and consequences of the achievement gap between black and white students in the United States.

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For African American leaders and communities, parents, and general citizens, Paige, a former US Secretary of Education who spearheaded the No Child Left Behind Act, and Witty (education, Norfolk State U.) identify the causes and consequences of the achievement gap between black and white students in the US and propose solutions to it. Arguing that the gap is a barrier to racial equality and social justice, and focusing on education rather than politics, they trace its history, explanations, and barriers to closing it. They emphasize the need for effective leadership in the African American culture, how it has been part of the problem, and how leaders must address lower test scores; economic, social, and racial consequences; the failure of past efforts; taking responsibility; and the implications for the stigma of African American intellectual inferiority. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : American Management Association, c2010
ISBN: 9780814415191
Branch Call Number: 379.26 P152b
Characteristics: xxiv, 210 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Witty, Elaine P.


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