For decades, a coalition of educators, politicians and activists have fixed one goal above all others in their mission to promote equity in education: closing the racial achievement gap.
The research comes at a time when prominent thinkers are re-examining the logic of the achievement gap and its starring role in education debates.
But the achievement gap as a phenomenon of political crusades and scientific study is a modern creation of the education reform era.
His concern is particularly striking given that Ferguson leads an influential research project at Harvard called the Achievement Gap Initiative.
Conversely, Stewart said, they can provide examples of minority-majority schools that actually succeed in transcending the achievement gap, including those in the charter sector.