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What the Achievement Gap Conversation Is Missing


Seaton, Eleanor K. (2010). What the Achievement Gap Conversation Is Missing. Review of Black Political Economy, 37(3-4), 275-277.


There is a persistent achievement gap that persists between students of color and their white counterparts. This is a national crisis and is one of the biggest problems facing American society. However, this research should consider two phenomena regarding the gap: adolescent perceptions of racial discrimination and racial identity. Among African American youth, perceptions of discrimination have been negatively linked to diminished achievement motivation, grade point average and school engagement. Yet, racial identity has been shown to be an effective protective factor for perceived discrimination in relation to academic achievement. Thus, addressing the achievement gap requires consideration of these two complex constructs for African American youth.


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Review of Black Political Economy


Seaton, Eleanor K.