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The Opportunity Gap: Achievement and Inequality in Education


reviewed by Edward St. John ó July 26, 2007

coverTitle: The Opportunity Gap: Achievement and Inequality in Education
Author(s): Carol DeShano Da Silva, James Phillip Huguley, Zenub Kakli, and Radika Rao
Publisher: The Harvard Educational Publishing Group, Cambridge
ISBN: 9781916690472, Pages: 320, Year: 2007
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Government initiated education reform and social justice were not well aligned in the late twentieth century, creating a challenging problem for activist educators and researchers. The Opportunity Gap, a series of Harvard Educational Review articles from 1970 to 2004, addresses this problem. The book is organized into three parts that provide 1) thoughtful essays on educational inequality, some using a global perspective; 2) qualitative studies of schools and students; and 3) essays on actionable reform projects. The introduction and afterward focus on No Child Left Behind, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) formalizing accountability and testing schemes nationwide, and asks whether implementation of the NCLB will reduce the achievement gap. Given that these papers were published over a thirty-five year period, one needs a historical perspective to understand how these essays might inform educational improvement in the early 21st century. What is striking about these articles is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 26, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14565, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 11:27:22 AM

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  • Edward St. John
    University of Michigan
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    EDWARD P. ST. JOHN is a professor of higher education at the University of Michigran. His research focuses on the impact of public finance and educational policies on education opportunity in both K-12 and higher education. Dr. St. Johnís recent books include Refinancing the College Dream: Access, Equal Opportunity and Justice for Taxpayers (John Hopkins University Press, 2003) and (co-edited with Michael Parsons) Public Funding of Higher Education: Changing Contexts and New Rationales (JHUP, expected: November 2004).
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