Redefining Opportunity and Advantage in Education
An Education Week Opinion Collection
There has been a groundswell of interest in the field lately in understanding racial disparities in learning outcomes not as an “achievement gap” but as an “opportunity gap.” Why? And what does that distinction really mean?
In this special Opinion collection, researchers and educators explore how even subtle language distinctions can reflect and inform how we think about student potential. Original research from the Education Week Research Center rounds out this project with a nationally representative survey on teachers’ attitudes, perceptions, and language choices surrounding disparities in student outcomes.
What we call education inequality defines how—and even if—we solve it, write three researchers.
Students of color don’t need to get “grittier,” writes New America’s Jenny Muñiz. They need us to fix institutional racism.
Black students are not to blame for their lack of educational opportunities, argues assistant principal Eric Higgins.
Researcher Robin Anderson shares what happened when one online community of teachers tried to unlearn their deficit mindsets together.
In a national survey, we dug into how teachers use language to make sense of disparities in student outcomes by race and income level.