Achievement Gaps

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Note from the editor

Dear readers,

Achievement gaps remain one of the most difficult challenges for educators to tackle. The factors contributing to them — which include poverty, discipline disparities and environmental conditions — are many. The resources to address them are often scarce or beyond the control of educators alone.

Over the past year, the issue has been compounded by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The transition to remote learning amid the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 immediately highlighted barriers to equity for the nation's students, particularly the impact a lack of home access to internet and devices has on students' ability to complete digital assignments and to access opportunities to continue learning beyond school walls.

To help keep you in the loop, K-12 Dive will keep this page up to date with new achievement gap trends and developments throughout the year. Here are some recent highlights from our coverage.


Roger Riddell Editor

Project-based learning boosts achievement across demographics

• Published Feb. 24, 2021

Using texts to boost Pre-K to 3 learning during the pandemic

Tennessee officials hope an early literacy texting pilot program in three-fourths of districts can help stem learning losses for the youngest learners.

• Published Feb. 17, 2021

'COVID slide' research shows younger, lower-income students fared worst

• Published Jan. 27, 2021

Fall assessments to gauge 'COVID slide' may be skewed. Can school districts use them?

• Published Nov. 30, 2020

3 summer program strategies to address learning loss, support emotional health

Despite logistical and funding hurdles, districts are using summer programs to try different instructional approaches and build community partnerships.

• Published Feb. 2, 2021

Addressing achievement gaps in education

Achievement gaps remain one of the most difficult challenges for educators to tackle. As much progress seems to be made on closing the gap, the struggle continues to be highlighted in scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress as well as in individual states' test scores.

included in this trendline
  • Report: Many rural districts face education 'emergency'
  • US students show no progress on international assessment
  • Principal Pipeline districts see stronger student achievement gains
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.