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Hope, Anguish, and the Problem of Our Time: An Essay on Publication of The Black-White Test Score Gap


by Samuel R. Lucas — 2000

The Black-White Test Score Gap, edited by Christopher Jencks and Meredith Phillips, raises a series of important questions as to the cause and consequences of observed differences in measured achievement. Jencks, Phillips, and colleagues provide the most successful and sustained assessment of the claims of racial difference attributed to Herrnstein and Murray's The Bell Curve. Even so, striking similarities between the two books reveal the inability of current analyses to truly deepen our understanding of race in America.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 102 Number 2, 2000, p. 461-473
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10480, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 5:43:30 AM

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  • Samuel Lucas
    University of California, Berkeley
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    Samuel R. Lucas is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley, and an affiliate of the University of California’s Survey Research Center and the Department of Demography. His research interests are social stratification, sociology of education, research methods, and research statistics.
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