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What does the term achievement gap mean and who does it apply to?

The achievement gap is a term used widely in national education circles to describe the persistent gaps between the academic achievements of different groups of children in the United States. In Montana this term applies predominately to the achievement levels of American Indian students as compared to white students in the state.

American Indians, on average, face higher dropout rates, lower test scores (both on the Criterion Referenced Test and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills), take fewer college preparatory and advanced placement (AP) classes, and have startlingly lower completion/graduation rates.

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4th of June, 2012

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