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Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools

reviewed by Anthony Edwards - October 18, 2006

coverTitle: Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools
Author(s): Pedro A. Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing (Eds.)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787972754 , Pages: 318, Year: 2006
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Robert Rothman, Editor, Voices in Urban Education, argues that the imperative to educate all students to high standards has challenged educators in virtually every community. While many schools and communities have succeeded in raising performance overall, large numbers of students continue to lag behind. And these tend to be all the same students the education system has historically served poorly—low-income students, students of color, and students with learning needs. Furthermore, Russell W. Rumberger and J. Douglas Willms (1992), in “The Impact of Racial and Ethnic Segregation on the Achievement Gap in California High Schools,” add that one of the major problems facing the educational system in the United States is the widespread inequality in educational achievement among racial and ethnic groups. On a variety of measures—high school completion rates, college participation rates, and standardized achievement tests—minorities have much lower levels of educational achievement than whites. Pedro A. Noguera and Jean... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 18, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12798, Date Accessed: 1/26/2021 12:50:57 AM

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  • Anthony Edwards
    University of South Carolina-Columbia
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    ANTHONY EDWARDS is Assistant Dean of The Graduate School at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. He is also Assistant Professor (Part-Time) in the Department of Educational Studies. Dr. Edwards is an educational historian who examines the culture of the former black, segregated schools of the South. His research includes the patterns and structures of classroom life, socialization within families and communities, and the positive relationships between the segregated school and the black community it served. His most recent publication is an essay on Oral Histories featured in Darlene Clark Hine's "Black Women in America."
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