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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.

And as much as progress is sometimes made in one of these areas, stagnation or further slippage continues in others. This struggle is highlighted regularly in scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and Program for International Student Assessment, as well as in individual states' test scores.

It's a challenge to keep track of, let alone address, whether you're trying to achieve equity across racial demographics or between low-income students in urban or rural areas that each face their own set of concerns. To help keep you in the loop, Education 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

PISA: US students show no progress on international assessment

The Program for International Student Assessment has "inspired a lot of policy and practice" changes, such as weighted funding formulas based on students' needs, its director said.

Report: Many rural districts face education 'emergency'

The ninth edition of “Why Rural Matters” includes measures of college readiness and a focus on the needs of young children.

NAEP 2019: Reading scores drop for US students, with mixed math results

Mississippi sees the most improvement at the state level, with the schools chief joking other low-performing states can no longer say "Thank God for Mississippi."

Beyond NAEP: Experts seek ways to address US 'reading crisis'

A new Educational Testing Service report recommends ways assessments can better diagnose gaps in knowledge and improve learning.

Principal Pipeline districts see stronger student achievement gains, retention

The RAND Corp. finds implementing a "cohesive" package of activities made the difference in improving the recruitment and retention of school leaders.

Rising temperatures linked to wider achievement gap, lower academic performance