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Student Achievement Opinion

Redefining Opportunity and Advantage in Education

An Education Week Opinion Collection

There has been a groundswell of interest in the field lately in understanding racial disparities in learning outcomes not as an “achievement gap” but as an “opportunity gap.” Why? And what does that distinction really mean?

In this special Opinion collection, researchers and educators explore how even subtle language distinctions can reflect and inform how we think about student potential. Original research from the EdWeek Research Center rounds out this project with a nationally representative survey on teachers’ attitudes, perceptions, and language choices surrounding disparities in student outcomes.

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School & District Management Opinion Does 'the Achievement Gap' Evoke a Negative Stereotype? What the Research Says
What we call education inequality defines how—and even if—we solve it, write three researchers.
David M. Quinn, Tara-Marie Desruisseaux & Akua Nkansah-Amankra, December 5, 2019
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School & District Management Opinion Only 3 States Expect Teachers to Learn About Institutional Bias. That's a Big Problem
Students of color don't need to get "grittier," writes New America's Jenny Muñiz. They need us to fix institutional racism.
Jenny Muniz, December 5, 2019
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Student Achievement Opinion The Dangerous Narrative That Lurks Under the 'Achievement Gap'
Black students are not to blame for their lack of educational opportunities, argues assistant principal Eric Higgins.
Eric Higgins, December 5, 2019
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Professional Development Opinion I Study How Teachers Collaborate Online. Here's How They Can Do It Better
Researcher Robin Anderson shares what happened when one online community of teachers tried to unlearn their deficit mindsets together.
Robin Anderson, December 5, 2019
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School & District Management How Teachers Talk About Educational Disparities (Data)
In a national survey, we dug into how teachers use language to make sense of disparities in student outcomes by race and income level.
December 5, 2019

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