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Ladson-Billings speaks with Journal Sentinel about Wisconsin's achievement gap

November 02, 2016
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings was quoted in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article examining the achievement gap between black and white students in Wisconsin.

In 2015, the report notes that Wisconsin had the largest science achievement gap in the country between black and white students in both fourth and eighth grades. Wisconsin also had the widest high school graduation gap between white and black students in 2015.

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Ladson-Billings is the School of Education's Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and is a professor with the departments of Curriculum and InstructionEducational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

In the article, Ladson-Billings stresses the complexity of the achievement disparities, and says that too many policymakers and politicians want to explain the gap with just a single explanation, such as "poverty, parental shortcomings or cultural deficits."

The article quotes Ladson-Billings as saying: "The truth is we're looking at a set of decisions about housing, employment — both unemployment and under-employment — incarceration and teacher expectations that make it difficult for African-American students to succeed."

The full article by Erin Richards is posted on the Journal Sentinel's website.
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