Achievement Gap Mania?

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Since the No Child Left Behind Act went into effect in 2002, public school reforms have focused almost exclusively on trying to close the “achievement gap” between children from poor and minority families and children from higher income families. But education scholar Rick Hess argues that targeting only the lowest-performing students is hurting higher-performing students while harming the entire education system.

Guest: Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, The American Enterprise Institute

Read Hess’s article, “Our Achievement Gap Mania” in the fall 2011 issue of National Affairs.