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Where Do Achievement Gaps Come From?


I agree with this post. I feel that a student's background and social class can have a huge impact on their academics, ability to read, their interest in reading, and the help they have at home. A student's SES and according to this post, race, can severely impact their test scores and performance in school. The school district that I work in has considerably low lexile and reading scores across the board for my high school students. I never noticed the issue with an achievement gap, but this post definitely opened my eyes to see that there are indeed many issues with this system. I knew that there definitely was a gap, but I never realized how severe. I know we are moving towards an all-inclusive educational environment and finally getting to a point in education where race or background may not affect the students, but there is still a problem. Unfortunately, my special education students seem to be the base for most of the lower scoring population. I am no stranger to seeing students struggle and definitely be on the lower end of the achievement gap. I think that bringing students together in an inclusive setting helps, not only close that gap, but help increase the lower end. It is so important to catch any issues while the students are young and rehabilitate them then before they get older and have to play catch up for the rest of their lives.

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