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intr.v. un·der·a·chieved, un·der·a·chiev·ing, un·der·a·chieves
To perform worse or achieve less success than expected.

un′der·a·chieve′ment n.
un′der·a·chiev′er n.
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Noun1.underachievement - poorer than expected performance (poorer than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)underachievement - poorer than expected performance (poorer than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)
performance - any recognized accomplishment; "they admired his performance under stress"; "when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe"
overachievement - better than expected performance (better than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)
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EIPs are designed to tackle underachievement in areas of high deprivation and have been used successfully across the world.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward admitted that the club could ill-afford another year of underachievement on the field, because commercial growth is linked to the team's success.
ERIC Descriptors: Academic Achievement; Underachievement; Academic Persistence; Low Income Groups; College Freshmen; Universities; Graduation; Economically Disadvantaged; Time to Degree; Access to Education; Student Characteristics; At Risk Students; Student Attitudes; Mixed Methods Research; Focus Groups
However, there remains a feeling of underachievement within the Arsenal camp, having ended another season without silverware.
Johnson, 42, MP for posh Henley, said: "Here we are in one of the most depressed towns in Southern England, a place that is arguably too full of drugs, obesity, underachievement and Labour MPs."
Case studies, evidence-based research, and boys' and girls' perspectives drive discussion of best practices on individual, classroom, organizational, and socio-cultural levels, as well as a critical exploration of the concepts of underachievement and the gender gap.
NAGTY director Professor Deborah Eyre said: "The greatest challenge for gifted and talented education is that students from disadvantaged backgrounds and those at risk of underachievement whose potential is spotted early go on to achieve highly in public examinations and beyond."
But there is no particular rea-son for his career underachievement and his results this season give cause for optimism.
But the skipper has warned the club they must invest in at least three new players this summer to prevent further underachievement.
Carl Hughes Director of the Collaborative Institute for Education Research, Evidence and Impact (CIEREI), and Head of School, School of Education at Bangor University said: "Although schools have a vital role to play in tackling poverty and its effect on children's education and well-being, it is clear that the school is only one part of the solution when it comes to tackling underachievement and inequality.
Concern has also centred on boys' supposed educational "underachievement" - and an idea that they suffer from what some have called a poverty of aspiration or a poverty of expectation.
Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity