Of course, by closing the achievement gap, we aren't saying that all students have to score the same, or that we have to hold our brightest students back.
What we are saying is that we have to find a way to make sure that we are not imposing glass ceilings on students. When we look at the data and we see that African American and other minority students score two standard deviations below middle-class Caucasian students, we have to see something other than just bright students scoring well. We have to see a system of ingrained racism. We have to find a solution.
But, that solution also cannot come at the expense of holding bright students back.
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