There is an intersesting study being reported (at the annual Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness meetings in D.C.) on elementary school achievement gap dynamics. The study indicates that the usual “racial/ethnic” gaps are seen in early years, but that a lot of gap-closing happens by fifth grade.
“We found significant achievement gaps within racial and ethnic groups,” said Pamela Davis-Kean, a developmental psychologist at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) who conducted the study with U-M post-doctoral fellow Justin Jager.
“We also found a significant proportion of students who caught up to the high achievers in their groups by the end of fifth grade, especially in reading. This shows that schooling does have an impact in closing the achievement gap for substantial numbers of children.”
About 30 percent of EuroAmericans, 26 percent of African Americans and 45 percent of Asian Americans were in high achieving groups by the spring semester of fifth grade.
This sounds like an interesting study, but so far it is only reported in this press release. We await more information.