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Closing the Opportunity Gap What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance

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ISBN-10: 0199982996

ISBN-13: 9780199982998

Edition: 2013

Authors: Prudence L. Carter, Kevin G. Welner

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While the achievement gap has dominated policy discussions over the past two decades, relatively little attention has been paid to a gap that is even more at odds with American ideals: the opportunity gap. Opportunity and achievement, while inextricably connected, are very different goals.Every American will not go to college, but every American should be given fair opportunities to be prepared for college. By obsessively focusing on measuring achievement, the nation's policymakers have made little progress in measuring or addressing inequitable opportunities. Policy therefore failsto engage with the challenges, supports, and resources that lead to improvements in student learning. The…    
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 5/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.10" wide x 6.10" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Achievement Gaps Arise from Opportunity Gaps
Lack of Achievement or Loss of Opportunity?
Overcoming the Obstacles We Create for Children
Educationalizing the Welfare State and Privatizing Education: The Evolution of Social Policy since the New Deal
Housing Segregation Produces Unequal Schools: Causes and Solutions
Why Children from Lower Socioeconomic Classes, on Average, Have Lower Academic Achievement Than Middle-Class Children
Overcoming the Obstacles We Create for Schools
Inequality and School Resources: What It Will Take to Close the Opportunity Gap
Achievement Gaps Start Early: Preschool Can Help
How Common Standards and Standardized Testing Widen the Opportunity Gap
A More Perfect Union: Reconciling School Choice Policy with Equality of Opportunity Goals
Overcoming the Obstacles We Create for Equality
Student and School Cultures and the Opportunity Gap: Paying Attention to Academic Engagement and Achievement
Meeting the Needs of Language Minorities
Tracking, Segregation, and the Opportunity Gap: What We Know and Why It Matters
Good Schools and Teachers for All Students: Dispelling Myths, Facing Evidence, and Pursuing the Right Strategies
Solutions/Conclusion
The Cumulative Costs of the Opportunity Gap
Enhancing a Nation's Democracy through Equitable Schools
Building Opportunities to Achieve
Notes
References
Index