Equity and Opportunity Threatened by Growing National “Excellence Gap”

February 16, 2010 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

The report described in this article is doing something slightly different than measure the gap between majority and minority group students.  This report compares the top whites to the top Hispanics to the top blacks.  They come up with some quantifiable and scary claims.

The report estimates it could take 72 years to close the gap between whites and Hispanics in grade four mathematics; 31 years to close the gap between whites and blacks; and 128 years to close the gap between grade four English Language Learners (ELL) and non-ELL students.

via Equity and Opportunity Threatened by Growing National “Excellence Gap”.

This report is particularly relevant for computing education.  We generally get good students in our classes (e.g., students who make it into our undergraduate CS1 are litely literate).  This report says that, even between good students, the differences between ethnicities, immigrant status, and other majority/minority group affiliations are enormous.

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