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The approach of a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King provides an opportunity to reflect on one of the hot topics in education reform today: the racial achievement gap. Everyone wants to close the gap. Or so it would seem.

An analysis of the NAEP’s most recent findings, published by the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), focused on the situation of African-American male students. Titled, “A Call for Change”, the report is full of striking revelations. It points out, for example, that in 2009, in large cities, the average mathematics scale score of eighth-grade Black males without disabilities was two points lower than the average score of eighth-grade white males with disabilities. Go to the original…

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