New Study Reveals Pronounced Racial and Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps

The data is in and it is troubling. The New York Times reports a new study out of Stanford university has revealed that students in high poverty school districts score more than four grade levels below students from more affluent districts on average in reading and math. The study also reveal gaps between white and minority students in wealthier communities and in communities where white students and students of color had similar socioeconomic backgrounds. The analysis was based on data from approximately 200,000,000 standardized tests in reading and math from third through eighth grades in every state between 2009 and 2012. Click here for a more detailed look at the study’s conclusions and to use an interactive tool to see the educational attainment of your district.