Toward Excellence with Equity

Toward Excellence with Equity An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap

Ronald F. Ferguson
cloth, 383 Pages
Pub. Date: December 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-79-3
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paper, 383 Pages
Pub. Date: December 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-78-6
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For the past 15 years, economist Ronald Ferguson has investigated the myriad factors that combine to create racial disparities in academic performance. This volume brings together Ferguson’s most important papers and most recent thinking on these issues. In language accessible and useful to education practitioners, Ferguson sets forth a wide-ranging and compelling vision for closing the achievement gap.


This book issues an urgent call to action to anyone concerned about the lagging success rates among minority children in American schools and the repercussions for our country’s future. Ronald Ferguson not only surveys the bleak terrain surrounding the achievement gap, but provides all of us with a road map to reach higher ground. — Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone

Toward Excellence with Equity is an important book written by one of the nation’s foremost experts on education and economic development. Ronald Ferguson’s pioneering work on black/white disparities in student skill levels and achievement-test scores has significant public policy implications. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned about narrowing the racial gap in educational attainment and earnings. — William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

This book combines high-quality research, judicious insights, brilliant speculation, and common sense to set forth strategies to reduce the achievement gap dramatically. It is particularly compelling in calling for a comprehensive social movement that will not only transform schools but establish strong communities, effective parenting, and powerful peer cultures. — Henry M. Levin, William H. Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Ferguson conducts an authoritative review to show that disparities in academic performance can be closed by strong parental engagement and by parents working in partnership with schools around a shared vision of success for their children. The reality is that educators can’t do it alone. This highly intelligent book gives policymakers, educators, and parents essential tools for closing achievement gaps between high-performing and low-performing schools. — Susan Zelman, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education

Toward Excellence with Equity is essential reading for any businessperson who cares about the well-being of children and the future quality of the American workforce. — Bridgette Heller, Chairman of the Executive Leadership Council and Global President of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby, Kids, and Wound-Care Division

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Introduction (PDF)

Harvard Education Letter Interview with Ronald Ferguson

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