The National Center for Education Statistics recently released a report on the black-white achievement gap that found black students still trail their white counterparts in reading and math by significant margins, even though they have registered some progress. In grade 8, in all 42 states where information was available, there was no significant change in the reading gap from 1998 to 2007. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., called this news alarming.
Since closing the achievement gap is a major national priority, why aren't we making better progress? What new ideas are there out there to close the gap? Are there individual states or schools making gains that could serve as a model for the rest of the country?