Yes, That Racial Gap on the NAEP

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Yes, I recoil from talk about race gaps on standardized tests like the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), because the focus on race misses the underlying problems and undermines our ability to fix them.  Still, one can’t deny that they exist:

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The difference of opinion, ultimately, is what to do about this.  More money gifted to the same failing system is not the answer.  Finding ways to give black families, proportionally, the same opportunities as white families probably is.  In other words:  The answer is a combination of responsibility and freedom.



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