What We’re Watching: The Other Achievement Gap



By Education Next 10/14/2011

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This event will be webcast. There is no need to register for the webcast – simply visit the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s website, www.edexcellence.net, at 4 p.m. on October 17 and watch the proceedings live.
*Check-in opens at 3:30 p.m.

Are America’s highest achieving students being left behind?

A trio of recent studies and articles raises troubling questions about America’s “Achievement-Gap Mania.” Are we leaving our highest performing students behind in the quest to raise the test scores of students at the bottom? If so, what will this mean for our future international competitiveness?

Learn about the recent studies–Fordham’s Do High Flyers Maintain their Altitude? and the George W. Bush Institute’s Global Report Card—as well as Frederick M. Hess’s new National Affairs essay, “Our Achievement-Gap Mania.” And join a conversation about whether our focus on raising the bottom is blinding us to trouble at the top.

Panelists:

  • Ulrich Boser, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
  • John Cronin, Director of the Kingsbury Center for Research on Academic Growth at the Northwest Evaluation Association
  • Frederick M. Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute
  • Josh McGee, Vice President for Public Accountability Initiatives at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation

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Find more information on student achievement and the global report card here.




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