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Chapter 4: The Road to Closing the Achievement Gap
Despite national imagery full of high-flying concepts like “equal opportunity” and “level playing field,” English-learners, low-income, and minority students do not get the extra school support they need to catch up to their more advantaged peers; they all too frequently receive less than do other students.
For years we have been trying to close the gaps in achievement, particularly for students from diverse cultures and poverty. If we consider the enormous resources including financial and human energy put into this effort, we are still disappointed with the results thus far. As stated in Chapter 2, the gap has even widenedin some segments. Zeichner (2003), along with [Page 38]Williams (2003), suggest ...