nolo contendreover 1 year ago
While I can appreciate the offense to having the white establishment dictate to minority and underprivileged school systems how to improve their "achievement," the author is confusing causality with association. Yes, the term "achievement gap" may be frequently associated with racial comparisons, most often, with white superiority, but there is no evidence that the term causes the unfavorable comparison. An opportunity gap frequently does exist, but it's a misnomer for differences in achievement. In many school districts, Asians outperform whites, girls outperform boys - the same terminology applies. Changing the name will not help the real issue here, which is to what standard are we measuring achievement? There is an achievement gap between the performance of various groups in what, for now, is the standard of measurement, namely standardized testing. Any effort in semantics (yes!) only distracts from the work to be done to improve our standards of measurement, and, in fact, close the achievement gap.