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Black Americans Reduce the IQ Gap: Evidence from Standardization Samples

William Dickens

category: Research

tags: IQ, test score gaps, cognitive ability

Conference

June 2006

Dickens and Flynn analyzed the results of four leading IQ tests and found that the black-white IQ gap narrowed between 1972 and 2002 demonstrating that IQ is malleable, not fixed.

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Huge Progress Stalled: Racial Gaps at 12th Grade are Smaller than in the 1970s, but Remain Large

Ronald Ferguson

category: Research

tags: NAEP, test score gaps, reading, parent's education

Conference

June 2006

Ferguson presents NAEP and SAT test score data that shows achievement gaps narrowing dramatically in the 1970s and 1980s and then stalling in 1988. He speculates that changes in youth culture may be a contributing factor.

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Education, Equality, and National Citizenship

Goodwin Liu

category: Research

tags: funding, NAEP, equality, state spending, Title 1

Conference

June 2006

Liu argues that achievement gaps cannot be eliminated without addressing unequal funding of education between the states. He shows the strong racial and geographic patterns of this gap and links it to different levels of state financial capacity.

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High Flying Schools, Student Disadvantage and NCLB

Doug Harris

category: Research

tags: disadvantages, Education Trust Report, NCLB, poverty, performance

Conference

June 2006

Harris challenges the evidence that high poverty schools can overcome student disadvantage. He shows that when test score data for more than one year is analyzed high poverty schools do not overcome student disadvantage.

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