A Closer Look at Asian-American Achievement

Live Online Chat: A Closer Look at Asian-American Achievement

When: Thursday March 1, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.Where: http://enews.edweek.org/GoNow/a15864a161769a226521815a2

Submit questions in advance here:
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Please join us Thursday March 1, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time for a live Web chat to talk about the academic performance of Asian-American students.

When it comes to academic achievement, it is indisputable that, as a group, Asian-American students outperform their African-American and Latino peers on every measure. By most measures, they also beat white students.

But another truth, much less acknowledged in education and policy circles, is that the story of Asian-American achievement is a complicated one. The oft-cited data that portray a diverse community of students as uniformly successful ignore the experiences of many students. In fact, in the ongoing debate about student achievement, discussion of Asian-American students, whether stellar or struggling, is often absent.

What about closing the “top gap,” between the most outstanding Asian-American students and their white classmates? Why aren’t educators and policymakers talking about low-achieving Asian-American students, who they are, and what should be done to help them catch up? And what effect does the widely held assumption that all Asian-Americans do well in school regardless of social class or ethnic background–the “model minority” stereotype–have on students across the achievement spectrum?

Guest:
Don T. Nakanishi, director, UCLA Asian-American Studies Center

Read this related article:
The ‘Other’ Gap
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