Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Peter J. Smith

Second Advisor

Jeanne L. Surface

Third Advisor

Karen L. Hayes


This study shows that minority students who, based upon a standardized test, have shown a high academic performance capability have a readiness for rigorous courses in high school and can sustain high academic achievement over time when compared to non-minority peers. Therefore, the on-going question for many educators needs to be why doesn't this hold true in many of our public school across this country? Why, in light of the accountability placed upon our nation's schools in 2001, is the prevailing discussion still about minority students being left behind? The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ninth-grade to 12th-grade achievement trajectory of same school district ethnic minority and ethnic majority high school students' formally identified as gifted to determine if there is an achievement gap that ensues over time. This study may lead to future investigation on the "Opportunity Gap", and may have important implications for many urban schools in the Metropolitan School District where students who are culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse are at risk of underachieving.


Department formerly called Educational Administration and Supervision.

A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Education In Educational Administration.

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