The Other Achievement Gap

The Other Achievement Gap

October 17, 2011 - 4:00 pm
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
1016 16th Street NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

A trio of recent studies and articles raises troubling questions about America's "Achievement-Gap Mania." Are we leaving our highest performing students behind in the quest to raise the test scores of students at the bottom? If so, what will this mean for our future international competitiveness?

Learn about the recent studies--Fordham's Do High Flyers Maintain their Altitude? and the George W. Bush Institute's Global Report Card—as well as Frederick M. Hess's new National Affairs essay, “Our Achievement-Gap Mania.” And join a conversation about whether our focus on raising the bottom is blinding us to trouble at the top.



Ulrich Boser, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress


John Cronin, Director of the Kingsbury Center for Research on Academic Growth at the Northwest Evaluation Association


Frederick M. Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute



Josh McGee, Vice President for Public Accountability Initiatives at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation


Chester E. Finn, Jr., President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

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Watch a brief overview of Do High Flyers Maintain Their Altitude?